Trial set for pastor accused of killing wife

Published 11:49 am Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The former pastor of the Revival Center in Vincent will stand trial in October for the 2005 shooting death of his wife.

Shelby County Circuit Judge Dan Reeves set a trial date of Oct. 19 for 44-year-old Timothy Dane Tillman. Tillman is accused of shooting Janet Lorita Tillman, 40, at their home on Carr Drive on Oct. 26, 2005.

Prosecutors said Tillman also faces a possession of a forged instrument charge, stemming from a $5,000 check endorsed by his wife.

Tillman insists the gun accidently went off while he was cleaning it, striking his wife in the back. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.