UPDATE: Investigation continues in suspicious death

Bobby Rape (far right) .

RUTHERFORDTON – The Rutherfordton Police Department is investigating the death of Robert Rape of Briarwood Dr., Rutherfordton. The Rutherfordton officers responded to a 911 call at 7:22 a.m. on Saturday June 17, 2017. Mr. Rape was deceased in his yard from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.

Chief of Police Kevin Lovelace said in a statement that the investigation “is still very much active as we conduct interviews, prepare evidence for forensic examination and await the results of the autopsy.”

Rape is the grandfather of Matthew Fenner, whose case against five Word of Faith Fellowship church members recently ended in a mistrial due to jury tampering.

A new trial against Word of Faith Fellowship minister Brooke Covington is scheduled for September 11, 2017.