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      Former Homewood pastor waives preliminary hearing

      Former Homewood pastor Richard Shahan, who faces a murder charge in his wife's stabbing, waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday. The case is now headed to a grand jury.

      The hearing was scheduled for 1:30 pm Wednesday before Jefferson County District Court Judge Shelly Watkins.

      Richard Shahan is out on $100,000 bond living with his mother after he was arrested in Nashville Jan. 1 in connection with Karen Shahan's killing last July. Authorities said he was attempting to board a plane to Germany.

      During a court hearing last month, prosecutors claimed Shahan tried to leave the country to marry his boyfriend. An attorney representing Shahan said the former pastor planned to travel abroad to conduct a mission trip.