Man arrested in Arlington pastor’s slaying is not indicted

| May 27, 2011

FORT WORTH — A Tarrant County grand jury has declined to indict one of two men arrested in the investigation of the attack inside an Arlington church in March that left a pastor dead and his assistant badly injured.

The other man, Steven Lawayne Nelson, was indicted on a charge of capital murder and attempted capital murder.

On Thursday, grand jurors no-billed Anthony Gregory Springs, 19, of Arlington.

Prosecutors had sought his indictment on the same charges in the death of the Rev. Clint Dobson and the attack on his assistant, Judy Elliott, at NorthPointe Baptist Church at 2001 Brown Blvd. Dobson, 28, was suffocated with a plastic bag, and Elliott was severely beaten.

"The grand jury made the correct decision in choosing not to indict Anthony," said attorney Joetta Keene, who is representing Springs along with Bob Ford.

"Anthony has the support of a large family and church. They are singing gospels and thanking God for answering their prayers right now. They set up a prayer vigil for the truth to come out and are, needless to say, happy tonight."

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