Church said he killed 3, wants death penalty


First Posted: 4/23/2014

LIMA — A man facing the death penalty in the killing of two people said in a letter this week he committed the crimes and deserves to die.

Hager Church sent a letter to The Lima News admitting to the slayings. He said he wants his lawyers to give up the fight to save his life but they have refused.

“Even though I have two lawyers who are trying to fight for me not to receive the death penalty, against my will, I firmly believe the death penalty is appropriate in my case,” Church wrote.

Church is charged with two counts of aggravated murder and aggravated arson in the June 14, 2009, house fire that killed Massie “Tina” Flint, 45, and her boyfriend, Rex Hall, 54, at 262 S. Pine St. The fire originally was classified an accident but additional information surfaced that led police to take a closer look.

One member of Church’s legal team, Steve Chamberlain, said the team would not have a comment on the letter.

Church apologized to the families of the people he hurt.

“I just want justice for peoples family. I murdered three (3) people, so what more can I say,” Church wrote.

Church confirmed with a correctional officer at the Allen County Jail that he sent the letter to The Lima News.

Church is already serving a life sentence with no chance for parole for the Aug. 16, 2010, beating death of Debra Henderson in her home at 619 Woodward Ave. He killed Henderson over a few dollars and costume jewelry.

Police officials said Church confessed to killing Flint and Hall.

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