Florida pastor facing sex crime charges in Tennessee found dead in parking garage

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A Florida pastor facing a rape trial in Rutherford County was found dead Thursday morning, the Murfreesboro Police Department confirmed.

MPD spokesman Larry Flowers said a preliminary investigation showed David Rowan died from an "apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound."

The 66-year-old, a Milton, Florida pastor, was on trial this week in Murfreesboro for multiple sex crimes against two teenage girls, related to a 2014 visit as a guest speaker at a local church.

Two sisters, aged 14 and 15, came forward with “compelling and credible disclosures” about Rowan’s actions during that visit, according to a police report filed during Rowan's arrest in February 2018.

Murfreesboro Police officers investigated the death of a man who took his own life at the Rutherford County Judicial Center while he was facing a trial accusing him of raping two teen girls.
Murfreesboro Police officers investigated the death of a man who took his own life at the Rutherford County Judicial Center while he was facing a trial accusing him of raping two teen girls.

Officers responded to the Rutherford County Justice Center parking garage in downtown Murfreesboro around 11:43 a.m Thursday. Officers found Rowan deceased from a single gunshot wound. He was in his car on the second floor of the garage. No foul play is suspected, Flowers said.

He was awaiting a jury’s verdict when the incident occurred.

The case is still under investigation by police.

Reach reporter Scott Broden with news tips through email at sbroden@dnj.com or phone, 615-278-5158. Follow him on Twitter @ScottBroden.

This article originally appeared on Murfreesboro Daily News Journal: Florida pastor facing sex crime charges in Tennessee found dead

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