Former pastor Richard Lee Shahan was charged with murder in his wife’s stabbing and his bail set at $100,000 after prosecutors said he tried to leave the country to marry his boyfriend.
[Richard Shahan, seen here in his most recent mugshot taken at the Davidson County Sheriff's Department in Tennessee.]
Bond for the former Homewood pastor charged with murder in his wife’s stabbing is set at $100,000 after prosecutors said he tried to leave the country to marry his boyfriend.
If Richard Lee Shahan makes bond, he must remain on house arrest, a judge ruled.
Shahan, 53, appeared for a hearing Thursday afternoon before Jefferson County District Judge Sheldon Watkins. Shahan is represented by Wendell Sheffield and John Lentine. Deputy Jefferson County District Attorneys Laura Poston and Leigh Gwathney are prosecuting the case.
Gwathney said that information obtained from more than 3,000 of Shahan’s emails indicated that he was planning to leave the country and never return. He was heading to Kazakhstan via Germany and ultimately planned to move to the United Kingdom, she said.
“He planned to become a citizen there and begin a new life with his boyfriend… who he intended to marry,” Gwathney said. “He had no intention of ever returning to the United States. He had no home to return to and he had said his goodbyes to his family.”
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