The wife of a Louisiana man charged with killing a preacher had filed a rape complaint against the pastor two days before the shooting, but it's not yet clear if there was an assault or a consensual sexual relationship, a sheriff said Monday.
Woodrow Karey is charged with fatally shooting Ronald Harris Sr. during a revival service Friday at the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in Lake Charles.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Monday that Harris and the suspect's wife had exchanged text messages days before she filed the rape complaint. It's not clear if there was a consensual relationship or not, and that will be a focus of the investigation, Mancuso said.
"We're trying to put all the pieces together," Mancuso said.
The sheriff declined to release a copy of the rape complaint, saying it's part of the ongoing investigation.
Mancuso said search warrants for phone records and other evidence may help paint a better picture of what led to the pastor's death.
Mancuso said Karey was cooperative earlier in the investigation but is no longer talking. The name of his attorney was not immediately available.
Mancuso hopes to talk to Karey's wife later.
The suspect's wife did not immediately respond to a message at her place of employment on Monday. Calls to the couple's home rang unanswered on Monday.