Exorcist found guilty in child's death


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Jun 3, 2003
Exorcist found guilty in child's death
Court TV |
"A jury found minister Ray Hemphill guilty of felony child abuse Friday after he suffocated an 8-year-old child during an exorcism at his strip mall-based church... Hemphill, 47, faces up to five years in prison for his role in the death of Terrance Cottrell Jr., an autistic boy who died last summer during an intense 'spiritual healing' ritual at the Faith Temple of the Apostolic Faith Church. Prosecutors argued Hemphill, who has no formal theological training, knowingly put Terrance at risk when he lay chest-to-chest across him for two hours in an 80-degree room, praying and singing, while the boy struggled to break free. It was the 12th in a series of exorcisms he had performed on the autistic boy in a three-week period."