MOUNT PLEASANT (WWJ/AP) – A psychiatric exam will slow down the criminal case against a central Michigan pastor charged with killing a young woman in her trailer as part of a sexual fantasy.

A key hearing scheduled for Thursday in Isabella County was postponed. Court administrator Lance Dexter told that John D. White will undergo a competency evaluation.

White is an ex-convict who settled outside Mount Pleasant and became pastor of a tiny church, Christ Community Fellowship. Police said he confessed to killing 24-year-old Rebekah Gay on Oct. 31 and then dumping her body in the woods as part of a sexual fantasy.

White told policehe drank four or five beers before going to Gay’s mobile home and repeatedly striking her head with a mallet and strangling her with a zip tie, according to a court filing. He said he stripped her but does not remember if he carried out his fantasy of

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having sex with Gay’s dead body.

Her body was found in the woods.

A friend said White was engaged to be married to Gay’s mother and regularly watched her 3-year-old son while she worked.

“He just basically said he was attracted to her, thought she was a very cute girl. It’s a crazy, tragic situation,” Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski told The Associated Press.

White was released from prison in 2007 after serving nearly 12 years for manslaughter in the death of a 26-year-old woman in Kalamazoo County, according to the state Corrections Department. He also was sentenced to probation for choking and stabbing a 17-year-old Battle Creek girl in 1981.

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