RUTHERFORDTON — The trespassing case of David Wheeler, John Huddle and Wayne Guffey onto Word of Faith Fellowship (WoFF) premises which has attracted media attention is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, August 24, 2018. However, Judge C. Randy Pool, chief district court judge for the 29A Judicial District, scheduled to be on the bench, may likely recuse himself from hearing the case. Also, the Attorney General’s (AG) prosecutor may choose not to prosecute the case at all.
Wheeler was charged with second degree trespassing on the premises of WoFF, along with John Huddle who left the church in 2008, and Wayne Guffey, a 30-year law enforcement veteran and a Word of Faith Fellowship critic who was a candidate for Rutherford County Sheriff.
While a 2nd degree trespassing charge conviction is punishable by up to 20 days in jail and a $200 fine, WoFF Pastor Jane Whaley through her lawyer Noell Tin has written to AG prosecutor Adren Harris that she may agree to deferred prosecution.
Tin explains the importance of the charges to the church in the letter below that mentions past problems with interlopers, critics, and video recordings. Whaley is reported to say “what matters to her and the church is not punishment or retribution, but rather the recognition that what these defendants did was wrong.”
Tin notes that in the video there are seven incidents of asking the defendants to leave and their refusal to leave.
The case is scheduled for Rutherford County District Court.