Church shooter remains in jail

Published 7:34 pm Wednesday, November 4, 2015

An attempted murder case of a Selma man who allegedly walked into a church and shot his ex-girlfriend, their newborn baby boy and an assistant pastor in September has been bound over to a Dallas County grand jury.

James Junior Minter, 26, who is charged with three counts of attempted murder for the Sept. 20 incident at Oasis Tabernacle Church, appeared Tuesday before District Judge Bob Armstrong for a preliminary hearing.

“We felt like there was more than enough evidence to send it to the grand jury, and we were glad that the judge saw that and bound it over to the grand jury,” said Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson.

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Jackson said Armstrong also kept Minter’s bond at $3 million.

“This is about the most serious kind of case you can have with somebody shooting a newborn child and others in a church,” Jackson said.

“It demanded a high bond.”

According to Jackson, Minter’s case will be heard by a grand jury no later than the end of January.

Jackson said Detective Ronald Jones with the Selma Police Department testified in the hearing as well as Minter’s employer as a character witness.

According to Jackson, all three victims, Sharnika Brown, her son, Jamieyon and assistant pastor Bob Carswell were present for the hearing.

Brown was shot in the mouth and shoulder, Jamieyon was shot in the hand and Carswell was shot in the leg.

According to police, the shooting stemmed from a domestic violence issue between Minter and Brown.

Brown said she has been in a relationship with Minter on and off for 10 years.