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  • Relative: Pastor, victim's wife had longstanding affair

  • The wife of Randy Stone was having an affair with his pastor, who resigned from his church after police searched the church and the pastor’s home, a Stone family member told The Examiner.



    It’s the latest twist in the question detectives want to answer: Who killed Randy Stone at his workplace on the last day of March?

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  • The wife of Randy Stone was having an affair with his pastor, who resigned from his church after police searched the church and the pastor’s home, a Stone family member told The Examiner.
    It’s the latest twist in the question detectives want to answer: Who killed Randy Stone at his workplace on the last day of March?
    Shelly Bell was Randy Stone’s niece. Her mother was Stone’s sister. Bell said Stone’s wife admitted to having an affair with David Love, the former pastor of New Hope Baptist Church. The Stones were members of the church.
    “That is completely true, unfortunately,” Bell said of the 10-year affair. “It just blows my mind.”
    Meanwhile, police continue the exhaustive investigation into the homicide. As of Thursday, no charges had been filed.
    Stone was found shot to death March 31 inside his Farmer’s Insurance office on Noland Road.
    Police twice searched the home of Love. Detectives also searched the church. Police have not released search warrant documents or announced if they found anything.
    Randy Stone, a former Marine who served in the Gulf War and later in the Army Reserves, did not know of the affair, Bell said. If he had, there would have been a confrontation, she added.
    Bell, of Independence, worked with Stone, who she called her mentor and friend, at the insurance office. Always hard working, when Stone wasn’t at the office he would be working other jobs or refereeing his children’s sporting events.
    “He always had a tremendous vision for what he wanted for his family,” Bell said. “He was always working hard to give them the best.”
    Stone also devoted time to New Hope Baptist. He was a faithful member, according to his obituary. He was a member for 11 years, Bell said.
    But the 42-year-old left the church two weeks before his death, said Bell, who also has been a member of New Hope for 11 years. Stone left because he felt unethical practices were going on at the church, said Bell.
    Love, who has avoided news media requests for interviews, resigned last week as pastor, according to a brief statement posted Sunday on the church’s website.
    Love officiated at Stone’s funeral six days after the death, Bell said. It was sickening, she said, that Love officiated the church service.
    The Examiner attempted to talk to Stone’s widow, Teresa Stone, but the person who answered the phone hung up before any questions could be asked.
    If anyone has information on this case, call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS or the Independence Police Department at 816-325-7330.
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