Memphis man says fear was in his heart when he stabbed pastor 91 times

| September 2, 2011

A Memphis man said Thursday he stabbed and bludgeoned a church pastor to death in 2008 because he feared a sexual attack and also feared for his life.

Andre Harris told a Criminal Court jury that he became enraged during a struggle with Ronald Paige and that he did not realize he had stabbed the Church of God in Christ pastor 91 times and hit him in the head 18 times with a heavy bottle.

He said the fight began when the pastor began choking him on the bed with one hand while trying to pull out his penis with the other.

"I stabbed him in the neck area several times," Harris, 24, testified under questioning by his attorney, Michael Johnson. "We struggled on the bed for quite awhile before we fell to the floor. I was trying to run away, but he was constantly grabbing me … I didn't intend to stab him this many times. We were both enraged.

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