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Wake Co. pastor is person of interest in wife's homicide

Posted June 6, 2008 5:04 p.m. EDT
Updated June 8, 2008 1:49 p.m. EDT

— A southern Wake County pastor is a person of interest in the homicide of his wife, officials said Friday.

Hoke County and Wake County sheriff’s deputies Friday evening searched Pastor Sam Wynn’s home, at 4701 Holland Church Road in Raleigh. The home is owned by the Holland United Methodist Church, where Wynn is a pastor.

The church is across the street at 9433 Ten Ten Road.

Authorities said Rose Wynn, 53, was attacked Wednesday night 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 Thursday morning.

Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said Rose Wynn’s injuries were definitely the result of being attacked.

Rose Wynn was taken to a hospital. She was taken off life support Thursday night, they said.

Rose Wynn had been living at the Raeford home for several months. Sam Wynn did not live at the home, but would sometimes stay there on weekends, Peterkin said.

Wynn was recently promoted by the bishop to the Fayetteville District of the United Methodist Church.

Wynn is scheduled leave his post as pastor at Holland’s in two weeks.

Sam Wynn has been at Holland UMC since 2005. Prior to that, he was the senior pastor at St. Marks in north Raleigh, according to Wynn’s biography on Holland United's Web site.

Sam Wynn is also a former Methodist district superintendent in New Bern.

He has also been a pastor in Pleasant Grove, Clarkton, Bluefield and at Grace UMC in Fayetteville.

In 2006, the Garner News named him "best pastor."