A well-known Alabama minister who once lived in North Texas is charged with killing his wife and storing her body in a freezer, among other charges.
Sheriff's deputies on Monday arrested Anthony Hopkins, 37, who graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas in 1989.
Mobile police said Hopkins killed his 36-year-old wife, Arletha, and placed her body in a freezer. They said the woman had not been seen in public for at least three years.
However, authorities said it will take several days to thaw out the body before they can positively identify her.
Church member Beverly Jackson said Hopkins told her his wife died four years ago while giving birth to their youngest son.
"He said I'm not married. I said, 'You're not -- with all these beautiful children?' He said, 'My wife died in birth.' He showed me the little boy, he was 4 years old. I said, 'Oh, okay,'" Jackson said.
Jackson said the minister had just preached about forgiveness before deputies placed him under arrest.
Hopkins has also been charged with several other crimes, including rape, sodomy and incest.
According to myfoxgulfcoast.com, police said Hopkins abused his eight children and sexually abused at least one of them.
Church members such as Jackson said they are stunned by the development.
"What in the world is going on? I had no idea that he was even capable of something like this," she said.