Pastor's slaying suspect appointed public defender

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. | The man accused of gunning down a southwestern Illinois pastor in church last weekend has a new attorney after making his first court appearance by video hookup.

Terry Sedlacek watched Saturday from the Madison County Jail as charges against him were read by a judge.

The 27-year-old is charged with first-degree murder in the death of the Rev. Fred Winters of First Baptist Church in Maryville. He also is charged with two counts of aggravated battery in the injuries of two churchgoers.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Attorney Ron Slemer, a part-time public defender, withdrew from the case Friday. Madison County Public Defender John Rekowski was appointed after Sedlacek's parents submitted affidavits saying he can't afford to hire his own lawyer.