May 20, 2009 6:00 AM
Pastor Who Delivered Eulogy At Millionaire's Funeral Killed Him
Former pastor Doug Porter's 2006 booking photo
MODESTO, Calif. (CBS/AP) The first time Frank E. Craig was laid to rest, nobody knew his murderer was the pastor delivering the eulogy. Now his family plans a new funeral for the millionaire rancher who drowned in a California irrigation canal.
Family members thought it was strange when Hickman Community Church pastor Doug Porter eulogized that Craig, a nonbeliever, had found peace with God in the days before he died. They wondered how he could have known his days were numbered.
But it turns out that the pastor knew much about Craig's death, because he killed him. The 85-year-old Craig died in 2004 with Porter behind the wheel of a pickup truck. Thereafter, Porter controlled Craig's $2 million trust and spent it on personal projects. In August, Porter went to San Quentin State Prison, convicted of murder, elder abuse and theft.
The new funeral is June 6 at Turlock Memorial Park.
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