Charges dismissed in Word of Faith trespassing case

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina attorney general has dismissed trespassing charges against a legislative candidate, a former candidate for sheriff and an ex-member of a secretive evangelical congregation.

WLOS-TV in Asheville reports officials in Rutherford County said Attorney General Josh Stein found no criminal misconduct on the part of state Senate candidate David Wheeler, former sheriff’s candidate Wayne Guffey and former Word of Faith Fellowship member John Huddle.

Wheeler told The Associated Press that Word of Faith Fellowship leader Jane Whaley invited him to visit the church, which has been accused of beating congregants to expel demons.

But when Wheeler arrived with a former congregant, a church critic and reporters, he was told to leave. The next day, the three were charged with trespassing, based on another church leader’s complaint.

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