Mississippi pastor confesses to killing father


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A Mississippi pastor has confessed to killing a man three years ago – after allegedly pretending to help the family look for the victim.

James Eric Crisp, 37, pleaded guilty on August 30 to the murder of Roger Loyd Taylor, 48, of Sulligent, Alabama. The Monroe County, Mississippi, sheriff’s office said in a statement that Mr. Crisp decided to give up his “physical freedom” and his position as a minister at God’s Hope House in Kilmichael to regain his spiritual freedom.

But speaking to The independent On Monday, Taylor’s daughter BreAnn disputed Mr Crisp’s alleged transformation. She told how Mr Crisp allegedly helped her find her father soon after he disappeared in 2019 and repeatedly assured her he had nothing to do with the disappearance.

“He said, ‘Brew, I would never do that to you. Whoever did this deserved more than jail time,’ Ms Taylor claimed. “He said, ‘They deserve to die themselves.’ But now that he has come [forward] with this, he wants to say, “I have found Jesus, I have been reformed.”

Authorities said that despite several searches for Taylor’s vehicle after he disappeared on March 19, 2019, there were no developments in the case until Mr. Crisp walked into the sheriff’s office last Tuesday and confessed to dumping Taylor’s body. in the Blair area. Cemetery.

Speaking to The Independent on Monday, Mr Taylor's daughter BreAnn Taylor cast doubt on Mr Crisp's alleged transformation (BreAnn Taylor)

Speaking to The Independent on Monday, Mr Taylor’s daughter BreAnn Taylor cast doubt on Mr Crisp’s alleged transformation (BreAnn Taylor)

The sheriff’s department said Mr. Crisp, who has a long criminal and drug record, was cooperating to find the remains of Taylor, who is survived by four children.

Mr. Crisp was charged with manslaughter and booked into the Monroe County Jail. His bond was set at $150,000.

Ms Taylor, 26, said her father and Mr Crisp did not have a close relationship, but in the days after Taylor disappeared, his alleged killer became involved in the investigation.

“He helped me find my dad … he knew when he was helping me look for my dad what he had done,” she said.

It wasn’t until she started receiving blackmail messages asking for money and referring to her father that BreAnn decided to question everyone in her circle, including Mr. Crisp, she said.

Ms Taylor said her father and Mr Crisp met through her as her boyfriend at the time was the pastor’s best friend. After the investigation into Taylor’s disappearance came up short, Mr Crisp was arrested on drug offences.

“I was being treated [Mr Crisp] like he was part of my family. Even after he was in jail, I picked him up from a bus station so he wouldn’t have to spend the night [there] when he got out of prison,” he added.

“Whenever his family avoided him, I made sure he had somewhere to go so he wouldn’t be out on the streets… I put money on his phone so he could text his kids.”

Mr. Taylor with two of her children (BreAnn Taylor)

Mr. Taylor with two of her children (BreAnn Taylor)

According to local news station WCBI, Mr. Crisp faced more than 30 years in prison for the drug crimes, but turned his life around and battled his addiction issues after joining God’s House of Hope, where he eventually became a pastor.

Ms Taylor said she confronted Mr Crisp on Saturday. The interaction, she said, convinced her that he had no remorse and displayed a cold demeanor.

“It’s been three years and they want to play this line of him being ‘reformed’ but if he was so reformed he would have regrets for what he did,” he said.

“He looked me in the eye and told me he killed my dad… He didn’t say he was sorry, he just said he hoped one day I would find it in my heart to forgive him, but he never said he was sorry.”

He added: “He had no emotion. He was outside the room laughing with the jailer and he came in and acted completely cold towards me.”

“I asked him, ‘Were you hiding behind that Jesus stuff,’ and he said, ‘Yes, Amen.’ All he said to me was “Yes, Amen.”

Monroe County said Thursday that Mr. Crisp is fully cooperating with investigators in locating the remains of Mr. Taylor (BreAnn Taylor).

Monroe County said Thursday that Mr. Crisp is fully cooperating with investigators in locating the remains of Mr. Taylor (BreAnn Taylor).

said Mrs. Taylor The independent several people in Monroe County had noted to her that one possible reason for Mr. Crisp’s sudden flash of consciousness was that one of his children had threatened to tell about his involvement in Taylor’s murder.

“I think if that’s true, that’s the only reason Eric showed up,” she said.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation is ongoing. The department said Mr Crisp was cooperating fully with investigators to locate Taylor’s remains.

“We are glad Mr. Crisp got this off his chest so he can continue to minister wherever the Lord has planned for him, but that does not close the case for us,” the department said in a statement. . “Investigators for the MCSO will review this new evidence and determine if there should be additional charges or new suspects.”

Ms Taylor said her family was anxious to find her father and expressed concern that Mr Crisp could be released on bail before that happens.

“Until he can physically give us my dad, he deserves to be in jail,” she said. “If we can’t get his body back, we won’t have closure.”

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