Jury selection begins for Thompson brothers trial
Nov. 30, 2003
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Monday December 1, 2003
Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of Joshua and Caleb Thompson.
The twin brothers are charged with injury to a child, a first degree felony.
They are accused of beating an 11-year-old boy with a tree branch during a Bible study class in South Austin in July 2002.
The Thompson brothers are pastors at the Capitol City Baptist Church, an independent, fundamentalist organization.
The boy’s attorney said the brothers beat the child for not taking his Bible verses seriously at a summer camp for Spanish-speaking children.
The boy’s mother said one of the brothers held her son down, while the other beat him violently.
The child was treated for kidney failure and spent more than a week in intensive care.
The boy’s family is suing Capitol City Baptist Church, the brothers and their father, who is head pastor of the church.
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