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Prosecutors poke holes in ex-pastor's murder alibi

Posted October 5, 2009 5:20 p.m. EDT
Updated October 6, 2009 10:57 a.m. EDT

— Prosecutors used testimony Monday about an apartment security system to poke holes in the alibi of Robert Reaves.

The former pastor is on trial for the January 2008 slaying of Latrese Curtis, a North Carolina Central University student whose body was found along Interstate 540 in Wake County.

The state has argued that Reaves followed Curtis from his home the night before her body was found and killed her in a jealous rage because he considered her an obstacle to his sexual advances toward his roommate, with whom Curtis had been having sex.

State trooper Isaac Cooper testified last week that he saw Reaves' car on the shoulder of eastbound I-540 around 1:30 a.m. Jan. 30, 2008. Investigator Robert Campen testified Monday that Reaves told him he never left his home.

Charles Miller of Brinks Security also testified that Reaves' home alarm was enabled and disabled multiple times that night.

The security company also provided tapes of Reaves’ request to upgrade his security system.

On the call, Reaves told a Brinks representative that he wanted to know when his roommate, Steven Randolph, was coming and going. Randolph testified last week that Reaves had offered him a free place to live in exchange for oral sex.

Jurors also heard testimony Monday from two other men about Reaves’ pattern of sexual advances toward young men and his anger when they rejected him.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty in this case, meaning that Reaves would face life in prison if he is found guilty.