House of Prayer arrest warrants on hold until Friday

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mar. 6, 2003
By JILL YOUNG MILLER, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A judge has put on hold arrest warrants for three House of Prayer church members, including the pastor, until 1 p.m. Friday.

That’s when they’re due in Fulton County Superior Court for a hearing, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Corrections said today.

The judge issued arrest warrants last week for the Rev. Arthur Allen Jr. and David and Sharon Duncan after probation officers alleged they had violated terms of their probation. The Friday hearing before Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. is to decide whether the allegations are sufficient to revoke the church members’ probation, their attorney, Manny Arora, said.

The Duncans were classified as fugitives Monday when they failed to report to their probation officer, but Bedford’s order rescinded that status.

In October, a jury convicted Allen and four other church members, including the Duncans, of cruelty to children for the whippings of two boys, then 7 and 10, at the small northwest Atlanta church in February 2001. One of the boys is the Duncans’ son.

All of the convicted served time in jail. If their probation is revoked, Allen could face up to 10 years in prison, David Duncan could face eight and Sharon Duncan could face up to five.

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