Pastor Wendell Martinson, found murdered in his church

What's happened so far?

Investigation Day 1

Yoknapatawpha Emergency Services received a 911 call reporting a seriously injured man found in a church early Sunday morning.

The man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was identified as Pastor Wendell Martinson, senior minister of the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit church.

The first witness Detectives Murphy and Parker spoke to was the man who found the body.

Meanwhile, other investigators spoke to the church members who arrived for services that morning.

It wasn't long before the local media got wind of what happened.

Investigation Day 2

The next morning, the detectives met with Pastor Martinson's widow to find out who might've wanted him dead.

Then they sat down with the church secretary to learn more about the pastor's interactions at work.

After lunch, Detectives Armstrong and Parker talked to a lapsed parishioner about her relationship with Pastor Martinson.

Then the detectives spoke with a familiar face about her involvement with the church.

Meanwhile, other investigators interviewed the victim's neighbors.

Late that afternoon, CSU sent over a preliminary list of evidence collected at the scene.

Investigation Day 3

In the morning, Detective Armstrong talked to a former member of the church about his reasons for quitting the congregation.

Later, the detectives met with the church treasurer to find out more about Pastor Martinson's potential enemies.

Then, the victim's best friend and fellow clergyman came in to talk to Detectives Murphy and Parker about what Pastor Martinson might have been worried or upset about.

After school got out, the detectives spoke to a teenager recently estranged from the church about his family's relationship with Pastor Martinson.

While the local Crime Beat blog complained about the amount of information they're getting from the YCSD about the investigation, the detectives reviewed a preliminary report on fingerprints found at the crime scene.

Investigation Day 4

Throughout the day, the Crime Lab sent over initial reports of their findings on evidence from the crime scene, starting with a shoeprint and the handwriting on the card followed by the trace evidence.

A few hours later, the coroner provided a preliminary report on the autopsy.

Investigation Day 5

The next morning, Detectives Murphy and Parker met with Pastor Ingram again to find out what he knew about the concerns Reverend Horner revealed.

Then they talked to Fay again to see if there was anything she left out the first time they talked.

 

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Later, the detectives asked Zina to come in to discuss allegations of financial misconduct related to church donations.

Afterward, they spoke to the victim's wife about the things Rev. Horner mentioned were troubling her husband.

Then they talked to Deirdre again to learn more about her history with Pastor Martinson and her ex.

Later, Joey's boss came in to talk about Joey's performance in the workplace.

Near the end of the afternoon, Detectives Murphy and Parker talked to the woman reportedly behind the marriage breakup that was the talk of the church.

That evening, investigators provided a summary of what they learned from the Littleton/Sanford neighbors.

Investigation Day 6

In the morning, the detectives received a report on the financial status of one of the persons of interest.

Then they talked to Fay's boyfriend about Pastor Martinson's church and Fay's whereabouts on Easter Sunday.

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