Letter from Smith Read by Defense in Pastor's Rape Trial

August 12, 2006

Fort Worth, Texas N-F-L career rushing leader Emmitt Smith's name came up today during the rape trial of an Arlington pastor, whom Smith was quoted as calling an "honest and trustworthy man."

A letter written by Smith was introduced by the defense Friday in the trial of Terry Hornbuckle, founder of Agape Christian Fellowship of Arlington.

Hornbuckle is being tried on three charges of sexual assault. Two of the accusers are former church members, and two said the megachurch minister drugged them.

The letter from the former Dallas Cowboy running back was written to the Tarrant County grand jury. Smith said he had known Hornbuckle for 10 years and described him as a spiritual adviser for the Cowboys.


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