Former Alabama Pastor Charged With Wife’s 2013 Murder Will Not be Prosecuted

Homewood minister Richard Shahan is escorted to the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Shahan is charged with murder in the summer slaying of his wife, Karen Louise Shahan. (Mark Almond/[email protected])

A former Homewood pastor, charged with murder in the 2013 death of his wife, will no longer be prosecuted.

According to the Alabama Attorney General’s office, there is not enough evidence to prosecute Richard Shahan in his wife Karen’s slaying.

The Attorney General’s Office filed a motion today in Jefferson County Circuit Court to nolle prosequi the murder charge, which means the prosecution will not pursue the case. Because the charges were dropped without prejudice, Shahan can be recharged at a later date if new evidence implicating him is discovered.

Karen Shahan was found dead in the couple’s Hugh Circle home in 2013. Investigators said she was stabbed to death and had several small defensive wounds.

“We appreciate the Attorney General’s Office thorough and comprehensive review of the case,” Shahan’s attorney John Lentine said to “…in reaching the same conclusion we knew from the beginning.”

Lentine said Shahan can now begin to “put together” his life, after being involved in legal issues regarding the case since 2014.

55-year-old Shahan was jailed and released without being charged after Karen’s slaying. Shortly after his release, he resigned from his position as Children and Families Pastor and the Facilities Director at First Baptist Church in Homewood.

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SOURCE:, Ivana Hrynkiw