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March 7, 2013

Pastor charged in murder has first appearance

— BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama pastor charged in the shooting death of his wife has made his initial appearance on a murder charge.

Court records filed Thursday show the Rev. Terry Greer participated in the brief session earlier this week after being jailed in the January slaying of wife Lisa Greer.

Greer is jailed without bond after spending almost two months hospitalized while recovering from a suicide attempt the day of the killing.

Records show Greer was informed of the charges and told he has a legal right to remain silent.

A judge scheduled a preliminary hearing in Greer for March 21.

Greer was pastor of a large United Methodist church in Gardendale at the time of the killing. He transferred there last year after spending eight years in Decatur.

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