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Shahan in court for preliminary hearing

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - Former Homewood minister, Richard Shahan, is scheduled to appear in a Jefferson County courtroom today for his preliminary hearing.  Shahan faces murder charges in the death of his wife.

On July 23, 2013, the body of Karen Shahan was found inside the couple’s home on Hugh Circle in Homewood. Two weeks after this discovery, Shahan was brought in for questioning by the Homewood Police; he was later released.

Soon after, Shahan took a leave of absence from his position as Children’s minister at First Baptist Church Birmingham. He officially announced his resignation from the church on November 29, and shared his plans to pursue mission work overseas.  But that plan would never happen.

On New Year’s Day, Shahan was arrested by Homeland Security as he was trying to board a flight to Frankfurt, Germany at the Nashville airport.

The night before, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office issued a warrant for his arrest. In that arrest warrant, investigators accused Shahan of stabbing his wife to death on July 22, 2013; the day before Karen Shahan’s body was discovered.

Prosecutors in the case argued that Shahan was leaving the country in order to marry his boyfriend in Europe.

In a bond hearing last month, Shahan was released on a $100,000 bond and ordered to remain on home monitoring.

Shahan’s preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:30PM in Judge Watkins courtroom. This hearing will determine whether or not there’s enough evidence for this case to move to a Jefferson County Grand Jury.  

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