Pastor guilty of murder

COLUMBIANA, AL (WBRC) - A Shelby County jury on Friday convicted a former pastor of murdering his wife almost four years after her death.

The jury found Timothy Tillman guilty Friday afternoon for the murder of his wife, Janet Tillman, after two hours of deliberating.

Vincent police were called to Tillman's home on October 25, 2005, where they found Tillman's wife dead from a gunshot wound in the back.  Tillman, who was the pastor of Vincent Revival Center, claimed the two had been cleaning guns when he accidentally shot her.

Months later, however, police charged Tillman with his wife's murder after they say he forged a $5,000 check made out to Janet Tillman.

Friday, in closing arguments of the trial, Shelby County prosecutor Roger Hepburn called Tillman a "sick" man who planned his wife's death so he could marry another woman he'd been dating. Defense attorney Erskine Mathis argued that while, yes, Tillman had some issues, he did not kill his wife. 

Tillman will be sentenced on December 14th.  He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.