Matthew Fenner/WoFF case hearing rescheduled; trial date projected

ADA Garland Byers, Jr.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Yesterday Assistant District Attorney Garland F. Byers, Jr. filed to amend the notice of hearing for the State of N.C. (Matthew Fenner witness) versus Brooke McFadden Covington case to now be heard on April 24, 2017. The Word of Faith Fellowship, Inc. and their counsel were also notified for the State’s motion of Jury View and Testimony During Jury View.

Brooke Covington

Word of Faith Fellowship was recently featured in the Associated Press’s Broken Faith articles that stated that two assistant district attorneys, both members and leaders at the church, and a social worker coached individuals on what was “truth” to be said as testimony in court cases. Both attorneys are no longer employed at their State positions and the social worker resigned her position. The incidents are still under SBI investigation.

Matthew Fenner

The Fenner case stems from an incident in January 2013 where Fenner alleges five Word of Faith Fellowship members assaulted and kidnapped him. Fenner is expected to testify that he was subjected to blasting or very loud prayer as part of the rite to rid him of homosexual demons.

The hearing is expected to begin at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Gary Gavenus in Superior Court. The defendant’s counsel has two motions before the judge:

  • Change of Venue, and for a
  • Bill of Particulars.

In addition to the motion associated with Jury View, the State has two additional motions:

  • Joinder of Offenses for Trial, and
  • Alternative for a Special Venire.

If the Court’s rulings permit, the case for trial will be called on May 30, 2017.




2 Responses to Matthew Fenner/WoFF case hearing rescheduled; trial date projected

  1. Tom Justice 04/14/2017 at 6:54 am

    When is this miserable saga going to end? Heck, it can’t even get started. What an example of underhanded political maneuvering (not the word I wanted to use) on all parts.

  2. Catherine Whitmore 04/18/2017 at 1:18 pm

    Justice will be served. Whether in this world or at the Great White Throne judgement, our God is a righteous God, Holy and True are all His judgements.

    Even these people have a right to the mercies of our Lord Jesus Christ. That is if they will truly repent and turn from their wicked ways. If they do repent and turn, God will give them grace in whatever sentence the court may give.

    And may the victims find the power and love from Christ to forgive their tormentors and abusers.

    This is the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ and we are to taken up our cross and follow Him.

    To love and forgive our enemies and to pray for them which despitefully use you, is a commandment. These so called abusers need Christ as much as the victims for we all fall prey to Satan and need deliverance and salvation.

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