Jury deliberates in I-540 murder trial

October 7, 2009 3:40:39 PM PDT
The jury will resume deliberations Thursday morning in the trial of the minister accused of killing a NCCU student and leaving her body along I-540. The case was turned over to jurors Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutors say Bishop Robert Reaves was jealous of the affair that his roommate was having with the victim - Latrese Curtis - and saw her as an obstacle to him having a homosexual relationship with the man.

Prosecutors say Reaves followed Curtis from NCCU in Durham to Raleigh, forcing her to pull over along I-540 and then repeatedly slashed and stabbed her with a knife. Her body was discovered by drivers passing on the highway January 30, 2008.

Reaves, who was a minister at Cedar International Fellowship in Durham, is charged with first-degree murder. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

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