UCG brass met with their brethren in the Twin Cities today to discuss the tragic Allwine murder case.
Reports from people who attended today's special UCG Twin Cities meeting about the Allwine case:
1. UCG is "not taking sides" in this case.2. BUT Steve Allwine has been stripped of his eldership and isn't allowed back to church.3. Amy's family has taken custody of their 9-year-old son.4. Allwine's family has raised his bail, reportedly. I'm told he could be out of jail this week.5. Steve Allwine will be pleading not guilty at his February hearing.6. Some believe he is smart enough to get away with this. This is someone who "takes pride in gaming the system" in daily life, a self-styled lifehacker with a high opinion of his own intellect.7. While to the layperson, this looks like an open and shut case, if he manages to sow enough reasonable doubt in the state's case, this trial could go sideways. While they do have definitive evidence that Amy was murdered, showing it was Steve beyond a reasonable doubt may prove more difficult.8. That said, first degree murder charges could be forthcoming once the state assembles a grand jury. Second degree is all they could initially charge him with due to the nature of what they could directly pin on him and what they can't, along with state protocol. But in Minnesota, a grand jury makes the determination to slap someone with first degree murder charges. First degree murder in Minnesota is a life sentence if found guilty.9. Most in the congregation are sad, aghast, confused and hurt amid this crisis. But above all, there is palpable anger over this betrayal.
Lets see how long it takes for James Malm to copy these specific points and post them as if he received the information.