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Opelika pastor found guilty of manslaughter

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - An Opelika pastor has been found guilty of manslaughter in the death of his daughter's boyfriend and the father of his grandchild. 

Timothy Williams will be sentenced May 20 at 9 a.m., and his bond has been revoked.

Prosecutors say the 57-year-old associate pastor played judge and jury the day he shot and killed Leon Grady, after Grady assaulted Williams' daughter in 2012.

Williams testified he wasn't upset about the assault, because the couple fought all the time. Williams says the day of the shooting, he was driving around witnessing to people, as a pastor does. He says he saw Grady by happenstance, pulled over to talk to him about his daughter and their fight.

Williams says that's when Grady, in a rage, knocked him to the ground and Grady pulled a gun.

"He wrestled me to the ground and he was hitting me like a madman. Then all of a sudden I saw him pull a gun and it was at me and I just pushed it away from me land then it just went off," Williams said.

One witness for the state identified Williams as the shooter. The witness testified the two men were walking away after fighting, when Williams went to his car got a gun and shot Grady.

Other witnesses testified the gun went off as the two men were fighting on the ground, but they did not see who pulled the gun or who fired. Investigators never recovered the weapon.

Williams's first murder trial ended in a mistrial when the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict.

Stay tuned for more details.

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