Branch Covidian Pastor Placed Under House Arrest

Baton Rouge’s ABC News affiliate reports:

Rev. Tony Spell has been placed on house arrest, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said. A judge on Friday, April 24, asked Spell if he’d comply with state orders that limit the number of people who can gather in one place at the same time.

Spell replied by quoting a bible verse, Moore said. Moore said Spell remained silent when asked a second time. The judge interpreted Spell’s silence to mean he would not comply with those state orders.

District Attorney Moore said Spell choosing to remain silent will likely present a contempt of court issue that will need to be addressed. Moore said efforts by his office to have Spell’s bond revoked are still pending in court.