March 04, 2006

Minister free for 2 hours, back in jail

The Dallas Morning News

12:00 AM CST on Saturday, March 4, 2006
By DEBRA DENNIS / The Dallas Morning News

FORT WORTH Embattled Arlington minister Terry Hornbuckle was out of jail for two hours Friday before a judge ordered him rearrested for failing to stay in custody long enough to get fitted with an electronic monitoring device.

Mr. Hornbuckle, 44, pastor of the Agape Christian Fellowship Church, had posted a $3.62 million bond on Thursday. He was released to the custody of adult probation officers early Friday.

State District Judge Scott Wisch, who is overseeing the minister's trial on drug and sexual abuse charges, issued an arrest warrant before Mr. Hornbuckle could leave downtown, officials said.

According to court documents, Mr. Hornbuckle left the custody of the Community Supervision and Corrections Division without permission and before his debriefing was completed.

"We don't know what happened," said Terry Grisham, spokesman for the Tarrant County sheriff's office.

"All we can be sure of is he booked out of jail at 8:42," Mr. Grisham said. "I don't recall a situation where someone's been bonded out of jail and rearrested before they leave the downtown campus area."

Posted by kshaw at March 4, 2006 07:24 AM