Their rationale? The accused claim that the victim was possessed by a demonic entity, thus the physical assault was warranted. 30 people allegedly attacked the man.
Following Mr. Fenner’s assault, Brooke Covington, a minister of the Church, delivered a two-hour sermon excoriating the man. The victim, 23 years old, thought he was going to die according to the Los Angeles Time.
In public testimony, Mr. Fenner claimed that Ms. Covington made note of his sexual orientation during the attack. “God said there is something wrong in your life”, he alleged she said to him.
Ms. Covington is charged with kidnapping and assault.
Covington could face up to two years in prison if convicted.