Anniston pastor arrested in early morning stabbing
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
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The pastor of an Anniston church was arrested Monday after an early morning stabbing at a house in the 1000 block of Homarda Drive.

Anniston Police arrested David Allen Rice, 55, after responding to a 3 a.m. call to the house, where they found a 53-year-old man unconscious with stab wounds to the arm and chest, Anniston police Sgt. Josh Doggrell said.

Doggrell said the man with the stab wounds was Rice’s brother. The 53-year-old was in serious condition at Regional Medical Center, Doggrell said Monday afternoon, and had not yet given a statement to police.

Doggrell said police interviewed Rice and a witness who was at the scene, and arrested Rice on the domestic violence charge shortly afterward.

Rice is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Anniston. According to church members, the house on Homarda Drive belongs to the church and is used as the pastor’s residence.

David Rice’s wife, Karolyn Rice, told The Star in a telephone interview that her brother-in-law had a history of panic attacks, and she said she believed he was having a panic attack when the incident occurred. She said she and her husband heard her brother-in-law apparently weeping in the kitchen of the house early Monday morning. David Rice went to the kitchen to talk to him, Karolyn Rice said, and later shouted to his wife to call 911.

Karolyn Rice said she was the witness police spoke to before David Rice was arrested.

“There’s a knife wound, so I’m not surprised that there was an arrest,” she said. “That’s what they do.”

Doggrell said David Rice was being held on a $20,000 bond, with an initial court appearance scheduled for June. Karolyn Rice said, late Monday afternoon, that she was en route to the jail to post bail.

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