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Tuesday, February 05, 2008                                                                                       View Comments

Pastor charged with murder

DURHAM N.C., -- At the home Robert Lee Adam Reaves rented in Durham, a Wake County Sheriff's Deputy guards the driveway.

Neighbors inquire about Reaves, a pastor charged with murder.

"It's very quiet. People talk in passing but there's nothing ever exciting that happens around here," said Reaves' neighbor Scott Nash.

But last Wednesday, the body of 21-year-old North Carolina Central University student Latrece Curtis was discovered on an I-540 embankment. Investigators say she died from being hit with a sharp object -- at the hands of Reaves.

Monday, Reaves clad not in a pastor's robe, but a Wake County Jail issued jumpsuit, made his first appearance.

"Based on the circumstances of this situation, I will issue a 'no bond' at this time, you'll be held without bond," said the judge.

Still Reaves is no stranger to being on the other side of the law. He faced a conviction on sex charges while the pastor of a church in South Carolina, charges for financial card theft, motor vehicle theft and fraud.

Now the 43-year-old faces another charge -- one that could put him away for a very long time. One that church congregants and fellow parishioners just can't believe.

"This is not the man that I know and most of us that are involved with him, this is a good man," said Reaves' friend and pastor of Tehillah Church Ministries, Bishop Anthony Slater. This is a shock to all of us. We send our prayers to the family of the victim that something else will come out of this.”

And while Reaves awaits his probable cause hearing set for Feb. 25, family members await answers as to why someone could kill their daughter, wife and friend.