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Mental exam will delay pastor's murder case

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A psychiatric exam will slow down the criminal case against a central Michigan pastor charged with killing a young woman in her trailer.

A key hearing scheduled for Thursday in Isabella County was postponed. Court administrator Lance Dexter tells that John D. White will undergo a competency evaluation.

White is an ex-convict who settled outside Mount Pleasant and became pastor of a tiny church, Christ Community Fellowship. Police say he confessed to killing Rebekah Gay as part of a sexual fantasy.

She was bludgeoned and strangled on Oct. 31, and her nude body was dumped in the woods.

White has convictions for manslaughter in Kalamazoo County and for attacking a young woman in Calhoun County.

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