INDEPENDENCE, Missouri - An Independence pastor accused of killing a member of his own congregation returned to court Monday.
Former pastor David Love is accused of killing Randy Stone, a congregation member and Love's alleged unsuspecting victim.
According to family, Stone admired Love and even wrote in a self help book; Love was one of the most influential people in his life.
Love had no response when NBC Action News asked him about Stone's handwritten journal entry, as he walked in shackles into court.
The former pastor of New Hope Baptist Church remained very stoic during the procedural court hearing Monday.
He once again appeared in court without a lawyer, The Jackson County judge told Love he has until January to accept a public defender or hire a private attorney.
Prosecutors have charged him with first-degree murder. They accuse him of shooting to death Stone, an Independence insurance agent.
Pastor Love spoke at Stone's funeral. Family said he told mourners Stone was now quote "in a warm, happy home".
Prosecutors have never revealed the details of why they believe Love killed Stone. But family members say Love and Stone's wife, Teresa, were involved in a 10-year affair.
Teresa has not been charged in her husband's death.
Stone's niece has his self help book now.
She says seeing, in writing, that Love was considered one of the most influential people in her uncle's life makes his death seem even more devastating.
Love remained expressionless in court Monday.
He will appear for his rescheduled arraignment in Independence Jan. 10.
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