Freezer Not Arletha Hopkins’ First Grave

By Jamie Burch

August 14, 2008

A shocking day of testimony in the Anthony Hopkins case. The part-time preacher is accused of killing his wife and then stuffing her body in a freezer.

During today's preliminary hearing, police revealed new information about Arletha Hopkins' final moments. According to a detective, one of the couple's eight children, the same girl Hopkins is accused of raping, told police that her mom was strangled. As she fought for her life, Arletha screamed "Call the cops. Your dad is trying to kill me, your dad is trying to kill me!" Among her final words, "I'll do anything. Please let me go."

News 5 also learned in court that the freezer was not Arletha's first grave. The daughter told police that Hopkins buried her mom behind a church in Jackson.

She said Hopkins dug the hole but she helped put the body in it. They later went back because Hopkins was not at peace with the grave, so they dug up Arletha's body, brought it back to Mobile and put her in the freezer.

Hopkins was arrested June 28th in Jackson where he was preaching at a revival. Earlier this month, he pleaded not guilty to murder, sexual abuse, rape, sodomy and incest.


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