Sunday, December 21, 2014

Court hearing set for Birmingham youth pastor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Sept. 24 preliminary hearing has been set for a popular youth minister who is accused of impersonating a police officer.

WBRC-TV reports that the hearing for Matt Pitt will be held at 8:30 a.m. in Shelby County.

Pitt gave a TV interview moments before his arrest, blaming his legal troubles on everything from politics to racial bias over his outreach to blacks.

Pitt, whose monthly evangelical services called "The Basement" draw thousands of young people regularly, spoke with WVTM-TV shortly before police say he led them on a foot chase that ended in his arrest.

Pitt started The Basement in the basement of his home in 2004, and it grew into one of the largest youth ministries in the nation.