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Second man pleads guilty to reverend's murder

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Brendan Barnes (Source: David Strong. / John Rawlston. CTFP.) Brendan Barnes (Source: David Strong. / John Rawlston. CTFP.)

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- A teen pleaded guilty Tuesday to the murder of an AME reverend.

Brendan Barnes, 19, pleaded guilty to the murder of Reverend David Strong of St. Paul AME CHurch.

Barnes was a juvenile at the time of the murder but charged as an adult.

Police found his body at his home on Glenwood Avenue in October of 2010. He'd been beaten and stabbed to death.

Barnes pleaded guilty to facilitation of second degree murder and facilitation of especially aggravated robbery. He was sentenced to 12 years.

Barnes' cousin, Antonio Henry, also pleaded guilty in early April.

In a jailhouse interview in 2010 with our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Henry said he and Barnes beat Strong to death after he sexually propositioned them while the three were smoking marijuana.


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