Defense team for pastor accused of kidnapping, assault wants 'secret recordings'


The defense team for Word of Faith Fellowship pastor Brooke Covington is asking a judge to order what they call "secret recordings" to be turned over.

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The recordings were recently referenced in a story by the Associated Press, and according to court documents were made during conversations Matthew Fenner had with the Rutherford County Sheriff and other investigators.

Covington is charged with assaulting and kidnapping Fenner during what former church members have referred to as "blasting prayers," to rid Fenner of his "homosexual demons."

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In another motion the Rutherford County DA's office asked the judge to lift a temporary gag order that prevents law enforcement from talking with jurors as they investigate last month's mistrial in the case.

Covington's retrial is currently scheduled for September.

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