Former Homewood pastor charged with wife's murder - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Former Homewood pastor charged with wife's murder

Rev. Richard Shahan. Source: Nashville PD Rev. Richard Shahan. Source: Nashville PD
Karen Shahan Karen Shahan

A former Homewood pastor whose wife was found dead inside their home in July has been charged with her murder, police confirm.

Rev. Richard Shahan was arrested late Wednesday in Tennessee for the murder of his wife Karen Shahan. A murder warrant for Shahan's arrest was issued on Dec. 31, according to Homewood police.

Homeland Security ICE agents took Shahan into custody at the Nashville International Airport around 10:55 p.m. Jan. 1.

An affidavit from Davidson County in Tennessee says Reverend Richard Lee Shahan booked a flight from the Nashville International Airport to Frankfurt, Germany. Shahan was red flagged by the computer system and apprehended by Homeland Security agents.

Homewood police believe Shahan was attempting to flee the country to Russia via Germany.

Shahan's wife, Karen Shahan, was found murdered inside their home on Hugh Circle in Homewood in July 2013.

Shortly after his wife's death, Richard Shahan was questioned by Homewood police and released. He said he was visiting his son in Kentucky at the time of his wife's murder.

First Baptist Church of Birmingham, where Shahan worked as a children and families pastor, put Shahan on paid leave after Karen Shahan's murder. Church officials said today that Shahan resigned from his position as of Dec. 31, 2013.

Shahan is in custody of the Davidson County Jail in Tennessee.

The affidavit says Jefferson County has confirmed extradition on Shahan. An extradition hearing will take place in Nashville on January 7 in front of Judge Angelita Blackshear Dalton.

Homewood police are holding a press conference on Shahan's arrest at 2 p.m. FOX6 News will stream the press conference online at and the WBRC News app.

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