August 1, 2008
On Monday Anthony Hopkins, 37, was arrested at the Inspirational Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Jackson, Alabama, right after he delivered his sermon to the congregation that included his seven children. He faces charges including murder, rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and incest.
He was denied bail yesterday when he appeared before Mobile County District Judge George Hardesty. The case is set for arraignment next week, Hardesty’s clerk said.
According to the report the daughter, now 19, went to the Mobile Police Department’s Child Advocacy Center and reported that she had been sexually abused by Hopkins since she was 11 years old.
In the affidavit filed in support of a search warrant the daughter said that her mother, Arletha Hopkins, 36, caught her father abusing her in a bathroom in November, 2004. Afterward, her parents argued and her mother locked her father out of the house. The father came to the daughter’s window and asked her to let him in, and she did.
The next morning the affidavit states, her father asked her to help him hide her mother’s body in the freezer in the laundry room of the home. The girl said she moved out of the home about two weeks ago and was living with a neighbor. She told police her mother’s body was still there in the freezer.
When authorities went to the home no one was there, Hopkins and the other children were at the church, they found the body in the freezer. (source: CNN.com)