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Accused requested prayers for victim

BROOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Michigan pastor accused of beating and strangling his fiancee’s daughter to fulfill a sexual fantasy had asked church members to pray for the young woman before police found her body, a friend said Friday.

Ex-convict John D. White knew the victim, Rebekah Gay, 24, and regularly watched her 3-year-old son while she worked, friend Donna Houghton said.

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White even told investigators that after killing Gay and dumping her body, he returned to her mobile home to dress the boy in a Halloween costume before taking the youngster to his father, authorities said.

White was in jail without bond Friday, a day after he was charged with first-degree murder in Gay’s death in a rural area in Isabella County, 85 miles northwest of Lansing.

White said he drank four or five beers before going to Gay’s mobile home and repeatedly striking her head with a mallet and strangling her with a zip tie, according to a court filing.

He said he stripped her but does not remember if he carried out his fantasy of having sex with Gay’s dead body.

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