Wife of Calif. Pastor Arrested on Murder Charge Says Husband Acted in Self-Defense

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA California pastor is being extradited to Nevada on a murder charge in the death of a man outside a Las Vegas sports bar — despite claims by witnesses that the father of two was acting in self-defense.

Robert Cox, of Manteca, Calif., claims he did not throw a punch at Link Ellingson, knocking him to the ground and causing a mortal head injury. But prosecutors claim Cox changed his story, first telling officers he punched Ellingson after the man threatened him outside Four Kegs bar, and then later claiming in a written statement that he grabbed Ellingson by the waist and the two fell to the ground, according to the criminal complaint charging Cox with felony murder.

A detective from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department responded to reports of a fight outside thebar on June 13, 2013. The officer claims in his deposition that Cox said he was punched in the face by Ellingson in the parking lot of the sports bar after Ellingson threatened and “moved aggressively” in his direction. The detective, identified in the complaint as “D. Barringer,” claims Cox told him he then punched Ellingson in the face with his left hand and that the man fell down, striking the back of his head on the ground.

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