Former pastor’s sexual battery trial continues

news_court_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – A second day of testimony in the Alcorn County trial of a church minister on sexual battery of a child ended Thursday with the minister taking the witness stand.

Timothy Daniel Nall, 59, firmly denied charges that he used his finger to sexually penetrate a then-6-year-old child.

The trial resumed at 9 a.m. today, and Circuit Judge James L. Roberts Jr. said he hopes to conclude the case this week, continuing into Saturday if necessary.

Defense attorney Phil Hinton would not say what witness or witnesses he may call as he continues presenting his case today, but Nall was on the stand about an hour and a half responding to questions from Hinton and cross examination by the prosecutor.

A grand jury filed charges against Nall in June 2013 after the child’s mother filed a complaint in April 2013 with the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department, saying the incidents had occurred regularly in the home of the child’s grandparents between August 2012 and April 2013.

The 8-year-old alleged victim took the stand Wednesday and repeated her accusations against Nall during examination by the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Greg Meyer. She said that the incidents occurred when she sat on the minister’s lap while he was visiting her grandparents and they all sat around a kitchen table.

Following Steele’s testimony the prosecution rested its case, and the defense called three witnesses.

The first witness, nurse practitioner Kelly Thornton of Faith Family Clinic, works from offices in Booneville and Kossuth. Thornton’s physical examination of the alleged child victim occurred May 2013 for various infections.

Certified legal investigator Terry Cox next took the stand for the defense.

Cox went with the defense counsel and prosecutors to the area in which the incidents were alleged to have occurred and took photographs and measurements of the area, which the defense contends would not have been enough space for the activity which the child described.

Nall’s testimony included a description of his visits to the home of the child’s grandparents, members of his congregation at Farmington Baptist Church.

Nall submitted his resignation as pastor of the church on July 6, when he preached his last sermon there, and will continue on payroll through Aug. 31, using accrued leave.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com