Suspect in minister's shooting appears in court

Published: Nov. 1, 2008 at 4:43 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 3, 2008 at 5:37 PM EST
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Arrested: Frederick Davis (Courtesy Kenton County Jail)
Arrested: Frederick Davis (Courtesy Kenton County Jail)


UPDATE: A man charged with fatally shooting a minister outside a northern Kentucky church has appeared in court.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports that Frederick Davis did not enter a plea during the appearance Monday in Kenton District Court, but that his attorney, Dennis Alerding Jr., indicated he would plead not guilty.

Davis is charged with murder, assault, criminal mischief and violating a protection order. Police say he killed the Rev. Donald Fairbanks Saturday morning outside Ninth Street Baptist Church in Covington. Fairbanks was pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Cincinnati.

Judge Ann Ruttle set a preliminary hearing for Nov. 12. Davis is being held without bond at the Kenton County jail.


A day after a Cincinnati church's minister was killed in a Kentucky shooting, members held Sunday services without the Rev. Donald Fairbanks Sr.

Fairbanks was killed Saturday morning while attending a funeral in northern Kentucky.

A church deacon attending with Fairbanks was wounded by the gunman, police said.

Fairbanks, 62, was pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church for more than two decades, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Church members gathered Sunday to pray for the families of Rev. Fairbanks and Deacon Dowdell Cobb, who was injured in the shooting outside Ninth Street Baptist Church in Covington, Ky.

Fairbanks stepson, the Rev. Ronald Glover, led the Sunday services, and called for forgiveness.

"I have to forgive. Justice will be served. Vengeance is not mine, but it is the Lord's," Glover said from the pulpit.

Glover said he has forgiven the alleged shooter.

Fairbanks and Cobb were shot just before 11 a.m. on Saturday, police said. The gunman chased Fairbanks to a nearby park, where he shot him a second time.

Frederick L. Davis, of Covington, quickly surrendered to police and was charged with murder, first degree assault, criminal mischief and violating an emergency protection order. He was being held without bail in Kenton County, Ky., jail and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Fairbanks was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center where he died. Cobb is recovering at University Hospital.

Cobb's oldest son, Xavier, told the newspaper his father was alert and sitting up in his hospital bed.

Last year, Fairbanks filed a complaint accusing Davis of making a threatening phone call to his wife, records showed.

Davis, 40, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in October 2007, and a judge sentenced him to a year probation and ordered him to stay away from Fairbanks and New St. Paul Baptist Church.

Fairbanks "preached about love and nonviolence," said Deacon Fuqua, a member of St. Paul. "At our church everybody was welcome. This church is really going to be hurting."

 (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)