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Church stands by pastor after wife's death

Sam Wynn will still take a promotion within the United Methodist Church. His role will be temporarily filled while the investigation into this wife's death continues.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Former Wake County pastor Sam Wynn has the support and prayers of his faith community, according to letter released by the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church Wednesday.

In an open letter to clergy and worshipers in the Fayetteville district of the church, Resident Bishop Alfred Wesley Gwinn Jr. cited church and state laws for his decision to appoint Wynn to the office of district superintendent.

Wynn was to start in his new role July 1. Instead, Gwinn wrote, Rev. Milton Gilbert will serve as interim district superintendent for 60 days.

Wynn, the former pastor at Holland United Methodist Church in Raleigh, is a person of interest in the June 4 attack on his wife.

Authorities said Rose Wynn, 53, was attacked at a home at 595 E. Lake Ridge Road in Raeford. The couple's 10-year-old son, Christopher, who had been staying at the home with her, found her unconscious the next morning. She was taken to a hospital, where she died June 5.

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