A Michigan pastor has been charged with the murder of his fiancee’s daughter.
According to Fox News, ex-convict and current pastor John D. White confessed to police that he had killed 24-year-old Rebekah Gay in her trailer in central Michigan. White, who is engaged to Gay’s mother, was reportedly fulfilling a sexual fantasy when he beat and strangled the young woman.
White told police that he beat Gay with a mallet and used a zip tie to strangle her. The pastor also said that he stripped the woman naked before dragging her out to the woods. The pastor said that he did not remember if he fulfilled his fantasy of having sex with her dead body.
Police report that, after White took Gay’s body into the woods, he returned to the trailer to help the woman’s 3-year-old son get dressed in his Halloween costume.
Donna Houghton, a 76-year-old who was partly responsible for hiring White at the Christ Community Fellowship Church, said that she was “absolutely floored” to learn about the pastor’s confession.
The shock that Houghton experienced may have come from the fact that White organized a prayer service shortly after Gay went missing. Houghton said that White called her up and asked the 14 members of the church to start a prayer chain to help find the missing girl.
Houghton said that the church was aware of White’s criminal past when he became a pastor. According to the Associated Press, White was released from prison in 2007 after serving a 12-year sentence for the manslaughter of a 26-year-old woman.
Houghton said that White found the lord and turned away from sin. The devil, however, had other plans for the pastor.
“He was absolutely contrite. All kinds of people turn around and meet the Lord and they are a different person. He was doing a lot of good in the community … He was doing a lot of good and Satan did not want him doing good, and Satan got to him.”
White led police to Gay’s body on Wednesday. He was charged with first-degree murder and is currently in jail without bond.