Richard Shahan asks for $30,000 bond on murder charge - WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

Richard Shahan asks for $30,000 bond on murder charge

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - Former Homewood pastor Richard Shahan is asking to be released on $30,000 bond in his murder case.

Shahan's attorney filed the request late Friday afternoon.  To read the entire motion click on the link to the right.

Shahan is a former assistant pastor at First Baptist Church of Birmingham and was charged this week with murdering his wife in July.

On July 23 of last year, Shahan's wife, Karen Shahan, was found dead in the couple's home on Hugh Circle in Homewood.  Two weeks later, Richard Shahan was brought in for questioning by the Homewood police, but was later released. 

In the wake of of his wife's death, Shahan took a leave of absence from his position as children's minister at First Baptist Church of Birmingham. He announced his resignation on Nov. 29, and shared his intentions to pursue mission work overseas. 

A warrant was issued by the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office for Shahan's arrest on New Year's Eve.

In Friday's motion, attorney John Lentine cited Shahan's lack of a criminal record and his previous employment in Jefferson County as reasons he should be released on bond.

Lentine continued by stating, "Mr. Shanan is not a flight risk. He is prepared to be in Court to answer this charge whenever scheduled by the Court to do so."

Lentine also claimed they believed the court should release Shahan on a reasonable bond amount of $15,000-$30,000.

Shahan's preliminary hearing date has not been set.

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