The Rev. Carol Daniels,pastor of the Christ Holy Sanctified Church in Anadarko, Okla., was discovered Aug 23, inside the church in what the local district attorney described as the “most horrific crime scene I’ve ever witnessed."
Her wounds indicated that she tried to fight off her attacker before her throat was slashed and she was nearly decapitated, a forensics expert said.
She suffered numerous gashes to her neck and throat, as well as stab wounds to her chest, back, stomach and hands.
Investigators have said that whoever killed Daniels posed her body in an unnatural position, or "staged" it, but have declined to elaborate.
"It's something to repel and nauseate people, something very shocking to try and upset people investigating the crime," the forensic expert said.
Read more in this report from Sean Murphy of The Associated Press.