Lawyer trying to free pastor from jail
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A defense lawyer is trying to win the freedom of a popular Birmingham-area youth evangelist following his second arrest on a charge of trying to impersonate police.
Attorney Daniel Boman tells WBRC-TV (http://bit.ly/19Ri4Ed ) he's asking a court to reinstate probation for Matt Pitt, who is now jailed in Shelby County.
The 30-year-old Pitt was arrested this week after a judge revoked his probation from a case last year.
Pitt pleaded guilty in 2012 to trying to impersonate a police officer, and he was charged with the same offense this summer.
Pitt gave a rambling TV interview before police say he fled officers and jumped off a 45-foot cliff in Birmingham.
Pitt started a ministry called "The Basement" in 2004, and it grew into one of the nation's largest youth ministries.