Category: Gregory and Garnet JaLea Swezey

Couple’s plea means no appeal of Christian Science faith healing ruling

Christian Science A recent ruling upholding a Washington state law that allows faith healing for Christian Scientists but not other religions will go unchallenged after a couple on trial in the faith healing death of their son accepted a plea.

The religious movement, considered by Christians to be a cult of Christianity, has been able to negotiate exemptions to the health laws in a number of states.

Faith-healing couple takes plea in son’s death

Gregory and Garnet JaLea Swezey A north-central Washington couple on Thursday agreed to accept a plea deal that spares them jail time but holds them responsible for their teenage son’s death after they failed to call a doctor.

JaLea and Greg Swezey are members of the Church of the First Born, a group of churches whose extreme, unbiblical teachings regarding faith healing has resulted in the needless loss of life.

‘This was not a faith healing death,’ lawyer tells jury

faith healing Gregory and Garnet Swezey of Carlton, Washington are on trial on charges of second-degree murder in the death of their 17-year-old son.

Their lawyer: if you ask the Swezeys what they would have done if they knew it was a ruptured appendix, and that their son was dying, “They both say, they don’t know.”

Faith Healing trial begins for Church of the First Born members

Greg and Jalea Swezey The second-degree murder trial of a faith healing couple whose teenage son died of a burst appendix is underway.

17-year-old Zachary Swezey died of a burst appendix while his parents and other members of the Church of the First Born prayed for his recovery, and failed to call a doctor or ambulance.

Trial starts Tuesday in faith-healing murder case

Swezey faith healing trial A Washington state law that allows faith healing for Christian Scientists but not other religions is not arbitrary, a judge has ruled.

The decision clears the way for the Tuesday start of a second-degree murder case against a couple whose son died three years ago.

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Faith healing couple pleads not guilty in death of their son

Gregory and Garnet Swezey A couple from Carlton, WA pleaded not guilty today to charges of second-degree murder in the death of their 17-year-old son, Zachary Swezey.

Police say Zachary died because his parents failed to call for medical assistance, and relied on prayer instead.

Murder charges filed nearly three years after teen’s faith healing death

Zachery Swezey It took the Prosecutors’ Office in Okanogan County, Washington nearly three years to file charges against the parents of a teenager who police say died because the couple failed to call for medical assistance, relying on prayer instead.

Officials say the case was delayed by several priority cases, along with attorney staffing issues.

Parents charged in faith-healing death of teenage son

Zachery Swezey Parents in Carlton, WA who police say unsuccessfully tried to faith-heal their son back to health have been charged with second-degree murder.

The charges against Gregory P. Swezey, 47, and Garnet JaLea Swezey, 45, in Okanogan County Superior Court come nearly three years after Zachery, 17, died of a burst appendix at their home on March 18, 2009.