Initial Appearance Friday for Suspect in Fort Dodge Reverend’s Murder

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FORT DODGE, Iowa — The man charged with killing a Fort Dodge reverend finally made his initial court appearance on Friday morning.

A Webster County judge read Pendleton his charges via a closed circuit feed to his jail cell.  Pendleton is charged with First Degree Robbery and First Degree Murder for allegedly attacking and killing Reverend Al Henderson on Wednesday evening.  Pendleton’s bond was set at $6 million cash.  His next court appearance will be on October 11th at 4:00 p.m.

Joshua Pendleton’s hearing was delayed Thursday because of a violent outburst. Before the hearing began, he appeared to become agitated over the presence of a camera.

Video shows him visually angry, pounding his hand on a nearby desk and yelling at a deputy in the room with him.

Pendleton was escorted out of the room and given the chance to speak to an attorney. Later, the judge assigned the Public Defender’s Office in Nevada to represent him and continued his initial appearance to Friday morning.

Criminal complaints in the case reveal police discovered surveillance video that shows Pendleton trying to break into the church. It also says while officers were questioning Pendleton he admitted to being involved in an altercation with Henderson and that he took the reverend’s cell phone.

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