Father ‘beat his son to death with electrical cord during family counselling session at church’
A father beat his teenage son to death with a electric cord
during a family counseling session inside the “sanctuary
room” of a Christian church, a court has heard.
A witness to the death of Lucas Leonard testified that he
saw Bruce Leonard hitting the 19-year-old with what he
thought was a belt.
A police officer later told the court the weapon was
actually an electrical extension cord.
Leonard Snr, 65, and his wife Deborah, 59, have been
charged with manslaughter following the death of their
The deny the charge and are currently being held in lieu of
$100,000 bail each.
charged with assaulting the teenager’s younger brother,
Christopher, on Sunday at the Word of Life Church in
Chadwicks, New York.