A Texas pastor is being accused of murder for allegedly fatally shooting his nephew on Sunday.


The Newton County Sheriff's Office confirmed to KBMT that Pastor Luther Jones of the Belgrade Baptist Church was being held on a murder charge.

Juanita Jones told KJAS that her brother, 34-year-old Curtis Jones, was on the way to another church when someone signaled for him to pull into the Belgrade Baptist Church parking lot. Curtis Jones was reportedly shot at least three times through the passenger side window.

According to neighbors, Curtis Jones stepped on the gas, accelerating the car into a tree in a field across the highway after being shot.

Juanita Jones said that her brother and the pastor had a longstanding family feud, but a precise motive was not released by officials.

Initial reports had said that the shooting occurred as Curtis Jones was entering the church.

Newton County Sheriff Eddie Shannon informed KJAS that an autopsy was being performed. Family members said that Curtis Jones had recently been released from prison.

Watch the video below from KBMT, broadcast July 28, 2013.

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