Former pastor accused of murder

FROM STAFF REPORTS

VINCENT – The former pastor of the Revival Center in Vincent faces murder charges for the October 2005 shooting death of his wife.

Timothy Dane Tillman, 44, is being held in the Shelby County Jail under a $500,000 bond. He was arrested Friday after being brought from Florida and charged with intentional murder, according to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.

Tillman is accused of shooting his wife, Janet Lorita Tillman, in the back at the couple’s home on Carr Drive on Oct. 26, 2005. She was pronounced dead at scene. The death was investigated by the Vincent Police Department and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

Tillman contends the gun accidentally went off while he was cleaning it. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison