Suspect in killing of Iowa pastor mentally unfit for trial

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FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) – A Fort Dodge man accused of beating a pastor to death outside a central Iowa church has been found mentally unfit to stand trial.

Webster County Judge Gina Badding on Wednesday ordered 36-year-old Joshua Pendleton to undergo treatment at the Iowa Medical Classification Facility.

Badding last month suspended proceedings in the case and ordered a mental competency evaluation after Pendleton’s attorney said he had been acting irrationally.

Pendleton is charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 2 slaying of the Rev. Allen Henderson.

The 64-year-old Henderson was the senior pastor at St. Paul and had served as a chaplain to first responders.

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