Grand jury next step for case involving former pastor

Published 8:49 pm Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Defendant William R. Best Jr. walks toward the entrance to the Dallas County Courthouse before a bond hearing in early April. (Jay Sowers | Times-Journal)

Defendant William R. Best Jr. walks toward the entrance to the Dallas County Courthouse before a bond hearing in early April. (Jay Sowers | Times-Journal)

The rape trial of former pastor William R. Best Jr. will soon be heard by a Dallas County grand jury.

District Attorney Michael Jackson said the case against Best, who had been the pastor at Living Waters Church in Valley Grande before he was arrested in early April, has been sent to a grand jury following a preliminary hearing that took place Tuesday.

Jackson said he expects a grand jury to hear the case within the next few months.

Best is facing charges of second-degree sodomy, second-degree rape and incest.

Jackson said the entire process could not be over soon enough for the victim and church community.

“I want to bring closure to the victim, her family and the church as soon as possible. This has been a very traumatic experience for everyone involved,” Jackson said. “I’ve talked to several of the church members, and they feel they’ve been betrayed. It’s been a trying time for the community.”

Best is being held in the Dallas County Jail on $2 million bond.

His bond had originally been set at $250,000, but was increased during a bond hearing shortly after his arrest.