Details released about Richard Shahan's electronic monitoring - WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

Details released about Richard Shahan's electronic monitoring

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - The judge issued his electronic monitoring order for former associate pastor Richard Shahan, who's charged with killing his wife in Homewood.

The order states that Shahan's only 'allowed outings' include doctor appointments, court appearances and attorney appointments.

The electronic monitoring includes 'intensive supervision' of a radio frequency device 24 hours a day. 

"Any infraction, however slight, elicits a response from an EM officer," the order explains.

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 a bond hearing on Thursday, 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 overseas.

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 ordered to be released on a $100,000 bond and to remain on the electronic monitoring.
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