Santa Rosa Man Sentenced To Death For Murder Of Alabama Pastor

March 22, 2019

A Jay man has been sentenced to death for a 2014 murder of a pastor in Escambia County, AL.

Brett Richard Yeiter, age 51 of Little Paul Lane, will die by lethal injection for the shooting death of his father-in-law Paul Phillips.

The shooting occurred Monday, October 27, 2014 at the Book of Acts Holiness Church on Jimmy Sellers Road, just north of the Florida line about 15 miles northwest of Munson, FL. Responding deputies found 69-year old Paul Phillips suffering from a gunshot wound from a shotgun. He passed away a short time later. Phillips was the pastor of the small church.

Yeiter shot Phillips after a dispute outside the church.

Yeiter was arrested a few days after the shooting by a Texas state trooper near Amarillo. At the time of his arrest, he was still driving the same truck with no tag that authorities said he used to flee the murder scene. Texas authorities said Yeter also used his credit card in western Oklahoma.

Pictured top: Brett Richard Yeiter was booked into the Carson County, TX jail after his arrest on October 30, 2014. Courtesy image for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

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