MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A small-time evangelist is in jail after
police arrested him on a murder charge as he preached at a south
Police in Mobile believe a body found in preacher Anthony
Hopkins' home freezer is that of his wife, a mother of eight.
According to police, no one reported Arletha Hopkins missing
even though she hadn't been heard from in three years. The covered
body was discovered in a freezer in a utility room during a police
search of the home after a relative of the preacher contacted
Authorities are awaiting results of forensic tests to determine
the cause of death.
Mobile's police chief says Hopkins, the father of six of the
eight children, has been charged with rape and sodomy in a separate
case involving a female relative and could face more charges
related to another relative.
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