Orange County grand jury indicts man in death of retired Durham pastor

09/02/2014 12:23 PM

09/03/2014 6:20 AM

An Orange County grand jury formally charged a man Tuesday with the murder of a 71-year-old retired pastor from Durham.

Matthew John Reed, 36, is a Texas native with ties to Ohio and Raleigh. He was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder Tuesday in the death of Kent Torrey Hinkson, whose family reported him missing Aug. 4.

Reed’s next scheduled court appearance will be Sept. 26 in Orange County Criminal Superior Court.

Hinkson’s body was found Aug. 10 in the Eno River State Park, near the intersection of U.S. 70 and Interstate 85 in Orange County. Reed, who listed his address as 3243 Calumet Court in Raleigh, reportedly led Durham police to the site.

The State Bureau of Investigation, the lead agency in the homicide investigation, has offered few details about how Reed became a suspect or what might have been a motive for the crime.

They have not said whether the men knew each other or how Hinkson died.

Hinkson, the father of three and grandfather of eight, was a pastor at Presbyterian churches in Texas, California and Florida, according to his family. In Durham, he was a volunteer at All Saints Church, led Bible studies and helped provide pastoral care to people unable to get to services.

On Aug. 4, Hinkson told his family he was going out to run errands. His red 2011 Hyundai Sonata was found a few days later at the Mews Apartments on Williamsburg Road, almost 4.5 miles from the Hinkson home.

Reed has a criminal record in Ohio for a burglary charge. In January, he was cited in Wake County on a charge of selling malt beverage to an underage person and faces a hearing on that accusation next month.

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