Former preacher on trial for killing wife

April 6, 2010 at 12:00 PM
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MOBILE, Ala., April 6 (UPI) -- Opening arguments in the Mobile, Ala., murder trial for a former traveling preacher were to include allegations he raped his stepdaughter, prosecutors said.

Anthony Hopkins, 39, is charged with murder in the 2004 death of his wife, Arletha Hopkins, whose body was found in a freezer in their home in July 2008.

Hopkins also is charged with rape, sodomy and incest for allegedly abusing his stepdaughter, now 19, when she was a minor, The Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register reported Tuesday.

Hopkins stepdaughter contacted police in July 2008, allegedly telling them he killed her mother after she discovered Hopkins was abusing her, authorities said. The stepdaughter gave birth to Hopkins' child in November 2008, prosecutors allege.

Prosecutors will show "the continued pattern of abuse and sex and mind games and control" that resulted in the stepdaughter not reporting the killing until 2008, prosecutor Ashley Rich said Monday.

Opening arguments in the trial were expected Tuesday.

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