North Texas Pastor Facing W.Va. Sex Charge Hangs Self In Jail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia State Police are investigating the death of a North Texas pastor who killed himself while in custody on a sexual assault charge.

Sgt. T.S. Mills tells media outlets that 41-year-old Matthew Jarrell of Terrell, hanged himself with a bed sheet in his cell.

Regional jail authority acting chief of operations John Lopez says Jarrell was found late Saturday night. Efforts to revive him weren’t successful. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Jarrell was being held at the South Central Regional Jail in Kanawha County following his arrest Thursday on a second-degree sexual assault charge. Police say Jarrell was accused of sexually assaulting a woman he had met in a Charleston bar.

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One Comment

  1. YRofTexas says:


    Very selfish of him to run away from his responsibilites…both to his family and to his accuser. His suicide broke yet another commandment! God is handling it from this point. So sad! So tragic!

    Why give up, Jarrell? What message did you leave your family and community? Life is still worth fighting for!

    1. billiam says:

      You’re right about that. He could have lived his life to the fullest and die happy, in prison, or when he gets out. It might have changed him to be better (not that he is guilty of this, only alleged, but you don’t end up with this if you are doing good).

  2. Alan says:

    As a pastor, surely he must have known that the only way out for any of us is through repentance made possible by Jesus Christ, not suicide. How tragic that he got his wires crossed.

    1. 2sister says:

      You are right.

  3. tubby says:

    this guy now is in Hell..he wasa fake cuz he didnt know the Lord..have fun in Hell jarrell

  4. C Bauer says:

    Was your AP feed down, CBS11? WFAA had this on their web site YESTERDAY.

  5. les says:

    good . now we need more of this kind of people to follow !!!!!

  6. Edward G. Robinson says:

    In my best Edward G. Robinson voice: “Where’s your Jesus NOW, see?”

    1. Jay says:

      He is at the right hand of the Father

      1. YRofTexas says:

        Agreed. That is where Jesus is. Eddy may not be aware of that.

    2. Edward G. Robinson says:

      Who’s at the left hand? Freddie Prinze?

  7. big mack says:

    How far and deep evil can penetrate on people. Sad situation yet what a terrible testimony to leave behind. May God have mercy on him and be with his famiily.

  8. jake says:

    2 Samuel 12:14
    14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, …….

  9. M LaPaugh says:

    I knew this man when we were teenagers, and I can’t fathom what would’ve triggered these alleged crimes in this man. I pray for his alleged victims, him & his family & friends. True family in Christ love unconditionally. We don’t have to love the choices of others, but we are commanded to love one another as we love ourselves. May God rest your soul, Matt.

  10. just a servant says:

    I think it is sad because this give people a reason to not accept Christ. We as christians are suppose to be the judgement of the world instead of us being in judgement. In this dark world we are to witness, love, and let our light shine so heavy that others would want what we have but the christians of this world have stepped out the satifacation process(to be set apart) and growing maturity, most live based on feelings vs. what CHRIST did on the cross and when you go off of feeling christians feel like they can do what they want. Our foundation should be Jesus Christ. The bible said we must return to first fruit and repent. Lets start acting more like our Lord and Savior. This story reminds me of the one who betrayed our lord(you can tell a tree by their fruits)

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