Pastor Howard Porter was found guilty of murder. He killed an old man for his money. The Porter case is a classic violation of trust. Porter used Frank Craig's money to enrich himself and his family. When Craig started to suspect he was being bled dry, Porter simply staged his death.
Jurors declined to give their names, but a few interviewed told a reporter that they found the evidence against Porter overwhelming.
"When Porter got on the stand, that was a mistake, I would say, for the defense," a female juror said.
In addition to the first-degree murder conviction, the jurors found two special circumstances: murder for financial gain and murder to silence a witness to theft.
The conviction with the special circumstances carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole. Porter was scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 2.
I watched this case rather than report on it. It did not involve sexual abuse, so I was not really interested. A friend pointed out that a pastor killing somebody is hypocrisy too. So here we are.
I found a good profile of the case here. I've also found a website dedicated to helping Pastor Porter. The support for Porter is strange given the evidence. He clearly stole Frank Craig's money. The evidence, in the form of real estate, is overwhelming. And he clearly tried to kill Frank Craig at least twice, succeeding on his second attempt. Yet people still claim Porter is innocent. The main reason given - Porter was a man of god. Nuff said.
Pastor Howard Porter will die in prison long after he is forgotten. It seems a fitting end for this monster.