Final Witnesses Testify in Hornbuckle Case

NBC5i [Fort Worth TX]
August 12, 2006

The final witnesses testified Friday in the rape trial of former Arlington minister Terry Hornbuckle.

Among them was a former employee of Hornbuckle's Agape Christian Fellowship who said Hornbuckle told her to lie to a grand jury during an investigation in 2005.

She also said Hornbuckle threatened her when she refused his request.

A total of three women have testified that Hornbuckle raped them, but his lawyers insist the sex was consensual.

"They've just proved he's a bad character. A bad character does not mean a criminal," defense attorney Mike Heiskell said.

Prosecutor Sean Colston said the Hornbuckle was clearly guilty.

"I feel that our evidence is strong and it supports our indictment," Colston said.

Prosecutors rested their case Friday.


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