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UPDATE: John White Murder Trial

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Update: A former pastor, who confessed to killing an Isabella County woman, waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

55-year-old John D. White agreed Wednesday to forgo the hearing and proceed to trial on a first-degree murder charge.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled February 25th, in Isabella County Circuit Court in Mount Pleasant.

White is an ex-convict who settled outside Mount Pleasant and became a pastor of a tiny church, Christ Community Fellowship.

Police say he confessed to killing 24-year-old Rebekah Gay on October 31st, as part of a sexual fantasy.

They say White babysat for Gay's son, who was asleep at home during the killing.

Authorities say White hit Gay over the head with a mallet, then strangled her when he realized she was still breathing.

He dumped her body in the woods, where police found it shortly after.

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