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Duplin County Minister Convicted of Murder

Posted March 14, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— A man who spent the past six years in Duplin County, N.C., has been convicted of killing a man who taunted him with racial slurs 10 years ago in Hillsborough County, Florida.

Calvin Jackson had made many friends in Duplin County, where he worked at the Cates Pickle plant and became an ordained minister at St. Paul Church of Christ in Wilson. St. Paul's pastor, Rev. Chester Aycock said Jackson became the youth director there.

Jackson never told his friends in Duplin county about the night of July 23, 1986 when he shot and killed Toby Brown in Florida. Cindy Brown, the victim's widow says she's surprised at the double life Jackson led.

Fannie Lucas, associate pastor at St. Paul's, says those affiliated with the church are saddened.

Church members and other Jackson supporters have sent letters to his attorney expressing their hope that the court will be lenient when Jackson is sentenced. Lucas says nothing will be served by Jackson's incarceration.

Jackson's sentencing is scheduled for April.