Judge Postpones Trial For Man Accused Of Slaying Minister

Posted at 12:18 PM, Jun 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-24 13:18:01-04

A judge has postponed the trial of a 24-year-old man accused of beating a Chattanooga pastor to death in 2014.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Tom Greenholtz told defendant Steven Kelley on Thursday that prosecutors asked for more time on the case, which was scheduled to go before a jury on July 26. A new trial date hasn't been set.

Kelley and his 27-year-old girlfriend Jordan Craig were being tried separately for the November 2014 slaying of 59-year-old Kenneth Johnson, an associate minister at Mount Canaan Baptist Church, who was beaten to death in a ditch.

The couple said they met with Johnson to buy drugs, but officers found no evidence of illegal drugs. Each faced charges of felony murder and especially aggravated robbery.