2 charged in slaying of pastor attend hearing

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Two men charged in the October 2010 torture slaying of a Chattanooga pastor are blaming each other and a defense attorney said they should have separate trials.

Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole on Monday set an Oct. 31 hearing so defense attorneys can get written copies of statements that prosecutors intend to use in the murder case.

An attorney for Antonio Henry has filed a motion asking that Henry be tried separately from his teenage co-defendant, Brendan Barnes.

They are charged in the slaying of the Rev. David Strong. The 55-year-old Strong was pastor at St. Paul AME Church when police found his battered and slashed body at his home.

An investigator has said Barnes told police the pastor was tortured.

No trial date has been set.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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