Jury deliberates in I-540 murder trial

RALEIGH 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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