A former Homewood minister is accused of killing his wife.
Richard Shahan was arrested last week in Nashville’s airport trying to board a plane to Germany. He was extradited to Jefferson County yesterday to face murder charges in connection with his wife Karen’s death last July.
Through a closed circuit television in a Jefferson County criminal court, Shahan stood for his initial appearance as the judge read the charges against him. It’s an appearance that’s been almost six months in the making.
On July 23 of last year, Shahan’s wife, Karen Shahan, was found dead in the couple’s home on Hugh Circle in Homewood. Two weeks later, Richard Shahan was brought in for questioning by the Homewood police, but was later released.
In the wake of of his wife’s death, Shahan took a leave of absence from his position as children’s minister at First Baptist Church of Birmingham. He announced his resignation on Nov. 29, and shared his intentions to pursue mission work overseas.
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