LAKE CHARLES, La. — A Louisiana man accused of killing a pastor as he preached in his southwest Louisiana church has been found not guilty in the slaying.

KPLC-TV reports jurors began deliberating about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the case involving 58-year-old Woodrow Karey Jr. and reached a verdict about three hours later.

Karey admitted killing 51-year-old Pastor Ronald Harris, saying the man had raped his wife for years. He faced a manslaughter charge for twice shooting Harris at Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center during a revival service Sept. 27, 2013.

Prosecutors said Harris was having an affair with Karey’s wife and described her as a liar who got caught violating her marriage vows.

Karey testified Tuesday that Harris was a threat to his family, noting text messages from Harris to his wife.

Information from: KPLC-TV,

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