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Jurors seated in ex-pastor's murder trial

Posted September 28, 2009
Updated September 30, 2009

— Opening arguments are expected Tuesday in the trial of a former pastor accused of stabbing a North Carolina Central University student to death and then dumping her body along Interstate 540 in Raleigh last year.

Robert Lee Adams Reaves is charged with first-degree murder in the January stabbing death of Latrese Matral Curtis, 21.

Prosecutors have said in previous court hearings that Reaves killed Curtis in a jealous rage because she was having an affair with his male roommate, with whom Reaves had wanted to have a sexual relationship.

Both the state and the defense spent Monday selecting jurors for the case. Seven men and five women – two black, 10 white – were seated.

Reaves, who at the time was a minister at Cedar International Fellowship in Durham, followed Curtis from his apartment, forced her to pull over and killed her, prosecutors have said.

Motorists driving along I-540 near Louisburg Road discovered her body the morning of Jan. 30, 2008. She was stabbed nearly 40 times in the head, neck, chest and stomach.

Reaves has said he was attending a church function the night Curtis was killed, but prosecutors have said they can prove he was not there.

If convicted, Reaves could face life in prison.

According to court records, Reaves has twice been charged with sexual misconduct with young boys. He was convicted of the charges in South Carolina in 1988, but charges in New York in 2002 did not result in a conviction.


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  • ginlee00 Sep 28, 2009

    A man calling himself a "pastor" or "reverend" does not make him one anymore than having kittens in an oven makes them biscuits or sitting in a driveway makes me a car.

  • miketroll3572 Sep 28, 2009

    Seems to me the term "pastor" and "reverend" is not a good term anymore.

  • DougWare.NET Sep 28, 2009


    I agree completely, issue every female a handgun. Leave it up to her own judgment if she wants to actually carry it. Offer volunteer training courses on it's proper use. Every woman won't have to actually carry it with them, as long as a good percentage (or even majority) do, then creeps would think twice about preying on a women because of her sex.

    I know this wouldn't stop all crimes against women, but it would be a start...

  • SkepticalGirl Sep 28, 2009

    Somebody needs to start teaching little boys that when they grow up they can't just kill women that don't want them. It's become an epidemic in this country. Or maybe it's time to teach all women to shoot and give them guns.

  • garnertoy Sep 28, 2009

    the pastor was wanting the roomate for his self

  • Shaw Bears 95 Sep 28, 2009

    please help me understand the story..was this girl sleeping with the pastor first, than started sleeping with the pastor roommate I'm confused.

  • Professor Sep 28, 2009

    Preachers are not perfect either and do commit all sorts of crime. There are good preachers, too.

  • Professor Sep 28, 2009

    I hope he gets life in prison without parole. In prison he will not be in charge. He will find that out quickly after he arrives.

  • csplantlover Sep 28, 2009

    Doesn't matter whether he is a pastor, former pastor or what - if he killed this girl, then he needs to be prosecuted, found guilty and sent away......even Christians fall. Not sure this man is a shining example of Christian character, though.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 28, 2009

    Did this man's church have more than 30 members? I'm having a VERY hard time with the press calling him a former pastor. And what does him being a self-professed pastor have to do with the case?