If a break-in that took place last year at Bishop Eddie Long's New Birth Missionary Church office proceeds to trial, the disgraced bishop could be called on to testify, according to The Christian Post evangelical magazine.
Long recently settled lawsuits to the tune of $25 million that were brought against him last September by four young men who accused the church leader of engaging in sexual acts with them. The Christian Post reported that Anthony Boyd, a former security guard at the Lithonia, Ga., mega church, was accused a year ago of breaking into Long's office and stealing $100,000 worth of jewelry and electronics. Among the items were an iPad and iPhone.
"He's certainly a witness that would have to be called by somebody. The state or the defense, Boyd's attorney David Fife was quoted as saying.
While investigators have reportedly said that security cameras captured video of two men using a key to enter Long's office, Boyd has maintained his innocence. He claimed that Maurice Robinson and Anthony Flagg, two of the men who filed the lawsuits against Long, broke into the office to collect evidence against him for their lawsuits.
The Christian Post also reported that during the month before the men's lawsuits became public, Long had asked the DeKalb County district attorney to drop the burglary charges against Boyd and Robinson, but his request was denied.