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Accused teen in pastor slaying goes to adult court

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - A judge has ruled that a teenager charged in the torture slaying of a Chattanooga pastor will be prosecuted as an adult.

A juvenile court judge at a Thursday hearing ordered 16-year-old Brendan Barnes transferred immediately from the juvenile detention center to the Hamilton County Jail. She assured the teenager's mother that he will be kept separated from adult prisoners.

Barnes and his cousin, 25-year-old Antonio Henry are both charged with felony murder and especially aggravated robbery in the slaying of St. Paul AME Church pastor David Strong. Henry is also in custody at the jail.

Police found the 55-year-old pastor's battered and slashed body at his home Oct. 10.

Defense attorney Kevin Stanfield said information will come out in court that will help his client.

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