Cops Probe Church Murder

Friday, March 4, 2011 - 12:36pm

Baptist minister found dead inside Texas church; assistant badly beaten.

A 29-year-old North Texas pastor was killed and his assistant was badly beaten at an Arlington church Thursday, police said.

Arlington police said the Rev. Clint Dobson was found dead inside NorthPointe Baptist Church in the 2000 block of Brown Boulevard.

His assistant, a woman in her 60s whose name has not been released, was taken to a Fort Worth hospital.

A close friend said she sustained a heart attack and is in intensive care.

Police said a friend of the one of the victims called 911 shortly after 4 p.m. after spotting them inside the church.

"That person came to the church, was walking around the building, looked into one of the windows and spotted someone on the ground not moving, and so they called 911," police spokeswoman Tiara Ellis Richard said.

Investigators say robbery could be a motive, but they are not ruling anything out in the case.

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