Steven Lawayne Nelson (Jail photo)
FORT WORTH (October 8, 2012)—A jury late Monday morning in Fort Worth found Steven Lawayne Nelson guilty of capital murder in the March 2011 slaying of the Rev. Clint Dobson, 28, a 2008 graduate of Baylor’s Truett Theological Seminary.
Jurors deliberated for more than an hour Monday before returning the verdict against Nelson, who faces a possible death sentence for the murder.
Prosecutors say he killed Dobson and beat the secretary at Arlington's NorthPointe Baptist Church before stealing her car.
During closing arguments Monday morning, prosecutors said Nelson wanted to steal a car that day and called him a predator, but defense attorneys said the church secretary told a doctor that two men assaulted her.
Nelson testified last week, and denied killing the minister.
He said two friends went inside and committed the crime while he waited outside.
But prosecutors say Nelson wouldn't have been the only one with the victims' credit cards unless he acted alone.
Nelson did admit that he entered the church and stepped around the bodies of the victims, who were still breathing, to steal a laptop computer.
Dobson, a Houston native, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Baylor University in 2004 and graduated from Baylor’s Truett Theological seminary four years later.
He joined the staff of the First Baptist Church Arlington in June of 2008 and went on to become the pastor of NorthPointe Baptist Church, which is a satellite of First Baptist Arlington.
Church members described Dobson as a dynamic pastor who always had a smile and hug for them as they walked into the sanctuary before each service.