Matthew Fenner/WoFF case hearing rescheduled; trial date projected
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.
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.
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.