Former minister indicted in wife’s murder
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Saturday January 18, 2003
The Associated Press, Jan. 15, 2003
TROUP, Texas(AP) – A former small-town pastor was indicted on a murder charge Wednesday in the beating death of his wife in an East Texas church parsonage.
A judge was not available to make the decision official Tuesday night so the district attorney’s office released the findings Wednesday.
Relatives, law enforcement officials and church members were among those who testified.
On the day of the slaying, Tabb phoned authorities to report his wife had been struck multiple times with what could have been a baseball bat.
Autopsy results indicate Marla Tabb sustained blunt force injuries to her head, including several wounds to her face and multiple breaks to her jaw.
The minister reportedly told authorities he left home to visit with family, went to the store with his 2-year-old son and returned home to find his wife dead. The couple’s 6-week-old son was inside the home at the time of the murder but was not injured.
After interviewing family and friends, authorities indicated the couple had a troubled relationship, records show.
Tabb had been a Navy chaplain at Camp Lejeune, N.C., before he moved his family to Troup, about 17 miles southeast of Tyler, where he was hired as minister two months before the murder.
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