Founder of Illinois mega-church Harvest Harvest Bible Chapel allegedly sought help over a three-year period to murder his former son-in-law, according to the Christian Post.
Police are currently investigating whether pastor James MacDonald solicited murder, a claim that could lead to a 15-30 year prison sentence under Illinois law.
MacDonald’s potential felony was first revealed by journalist Julie Roy, who claimed radio personality Mancow Muller and Emmanuel “Manny” Bucur, a former bodyguard of MacDonald, accused the religious leader of looking for a hitman to “take out” his son-in-law Tony Groves.
Muller later confirmed the report, saying the pastor asked him at least twice in 2018 if he knew of a hitman that could get the job done. Bucur alleged MacDonald asked him to kill Groves in 2015, offering to help the former marine to dispose of the body.
Bucur says that the conversation took place on a motorcycle trip to the Creation Museum in Kentucky, a pseudoscientific “museum” that interprets the biblical book of Genesis literally.
Muller filed on Thursday a police report asking authorities to protect him from MacDonald, who he says may be targeting him. Police and private security forces are now patrolling Muller’s home.