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Prosecutors: Homewood pastor Richard Shahan was flying to Europe to marry boyfriend

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - Prosecutors told a judge Thursday that former Homewood pastor Richard Shahan was on his way to marry his boyfriend when he was arrested in Nashville.

The Jefferson County District Attorney's office made the revelation at a bond hearing in front of Judge Shelly Watkins.

Shahan is charged with murdering his wife Karen Shahan on July 23, 2013 at the couple's home on Hugh Circle in Homewood. 

Two weeks after her death, Richard Shahan was brought in for questioning by the Homewood police, but was later released. 

Court records show that Karen Shahan was stabbed several times and cut with a knife.

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. 

During the hearing the prosecutors said that Shahan was stopped in Nashville to take a flight to Frankfurt, Germany on his way to ultimate destination of Kazakhstan.

Prosecutors claim that Shahan's motive for the trip was to marry his boyfriend.

They also stated that Shahan had $27,000 in foreign currency on him when he was stopped at the Nashville airport.

Shahan's attorneys were asking for him to be released on a maximum of $30,000 bond.

At the end of Thursday's hearing, Shahan was ordered to released on a $100,000 bond and must remain on home monitoring.

Shahan's preliminary hearing to determine if the case will go to the Jefferson County Grand Jury is scheduled for February 5, 2014.

RELATED COVERAGE: 
Preliminary hearing set for former Homewood pastor charged with murder Jan. 14, 2014
Richard Shahan asks for $30,000 bond on murder charge Jan. 10, 2014
Former Homewood pastor Richard Shahan appears before Jefferson County Judge Jan. 9, 2014
Former Homewood pastor suspected in wife's murder is back in Jefferson County Jan. 8, 2014
Homewood pastor Shahan won't fight extradition in wife's murder Jan. 7, 2014
ATTORNEY: Homewood pastor would have turned himself in Jan. 3, 2014
Former Homewood minister charged in wife's murder, arrested trying to flee countryJan. 2, 2014
Update: Local minister released from jail after being questioned for wife's murder Aug. 9, 2013
Pastor held after questioning in his wife's death Aug. 8, 2013
Visitation for Homewood pastor's wife found dead today July 27, 2013
Homewood homicide investigated Tuesday; victim identified July 24, 2013
Homewood homicide victim identified as pastor's wife July 24, 2013 
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