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Perry pastor indicted in fiancée's death

By AMY LEIGH WOMACK

Prosecutor alleges pastor accused in fiancee's murder led a "double life"

Lawyers representing William Pounds, 47, presented arguments Sept. 1, 2015, in Bibb County Superior Court requesting that the Perry pastor be granted a bond. Pounds is accused of murder in the death of his fiancee, Kendra Jackson.
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Lawyers representing William Pounds, 47, presented arguments Sept. 1, 2015, in Bibb County Superior Court requesting that the Perry pastor be granted a bond. Pounds is accused of murder in the death of his fiancee, Kendra Jackson.

Bibb County grand jurors indicted a Houston County pastor Tuesday on allegations he fatally shot his fiancée in June despite authorities' initial ruling that the death was a suicide.

William C. Pounds III, 47, is charged with malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault in the death of 46-year-old Kendra Jackson at his townhouse off Macon's Stinsonville Road.

Pounds was arrested Aug. 21 after authorities deemed Jackson's death was suspicious. He was released Oct. 22 on $500,000 bond, according to jail records.

A bi-vocational minister, Pounds leads Perry's Kings Chapel Memorial CME Church while also working as a senior master sergeant assigned to the 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base.

Family and church members packed a Bibb County courtroom for Pounds' bond hearing.

During the hearing, prosecutor Jonathan Adams asked character witnesses called to testify by Pounds' lawyers, if they were aware that Pounds was engaged to two women at one time or if they knew he'd been convicted for forgery and obstruction.

The witnesses replied that they were not aware of the allegations.

Franklin J. Hogue, one of two lawyers representing Pounds, has said his client maintains Jackson's death was a suicide.

Contacted Tuesday, Hogue said he looks forward to reviewing the evidence in the case.

"He will plead not guilty and there will be a trial," Hogue said.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398 or find her on Twitter@awomackmacon.

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