Evangelist on trial in wife's death

April 6, 2010 4:02:01 AM PDT
A traveling evangelist is on trial in Alabama, accused of killing his wife and storing her body in a freezer for years. People who heard Anthony Hopkins deliver sermons in the rural Southern towns where he preached sometimes called him a psychic or even a prophet.

But prosecutors say the former soldier kept dark secrets while spreading God's word. They say he killed his wife when she found out he was molesting a young female relative.

Opening statements in his trial are expected to start Tuesday.

The 39-year-old Hopkins was arrested in 2008 while preaching a rural revival in Clarke County. A teenage relative led police to the body of 36-year-old Arletha Hopkins, a mother of eight.


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