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Pastor slain at Iowa church; suspect arrested

Authorities in Fort Dodge say a man is in custody after allegedly stabbing a pastor outside of...
Authorities in Fort Dodge say a man is in custody after allegedly stabbing a pastor outside of a church Wednesday night. (Background image from KCCI / Pastor's picture from Fort Dodge Police Department/Facebook)(KCRG)
Published: Oct. 3, 2019 at 11:12 AM CDT
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Authorities say a man has been arrested in the slaying of a pastor at a church in Fort Dodge.

Police say the Rev. Allen Henderson was found by officers sent around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Henderson was pronounced dead later at a Fort Dodge hospital.

Police have arrested 36-year-old Joshua Pendleton and charged him with robbery and first-degree murder. Online court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. He remained in Webster County Jail on Thursday.

The 64-year-old Henderson was senior pastor at the church and had been chaplain for several area first-responder agencies.