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Memphis man says he stabbed pastor after sexual advances

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis man said Thursday he stabbed a COGIC pastor more than 90 times because of an unwanted sexual advance.

A calm and collected Andre Harris told the court what happened the day he stabbed COGIC pastor Ronald Paige to death.

Harris said he first met Paige at a Citgo gas station.

"We had begun to have a conversation about me and how I had become homeless," said Harris.

After a brief conversation, Harris said he was invited to Paige's home, where the pastor gave him food, alcohol, and allowed him to watch a DVD in the pastor's bedroom.  He said that was when Paige sexually assaulted him.

"There was nothing I could do, I thought I was going to pass out," said Harris.

Harris told jurors he grabbed a knife off a nearby dresser and stabbed Paige multiple times.

"I stabbed him in the neck area and the chest area," said Harris.

Harris said Paige continued to chase and grab him, which led him to hit Paige with a bottle.

"I remember stabbing him," he said.  "The knife was so small, I didn't think it was doing anything, so I picked up a bottle and hit him in the head with it."

After stabbing Paige, Harris said he washed his hands, changed his clothes, took the keys to Paige's Mercedes and drove to the Walmart in Forrest City, Arkansas.

Prosecutors said during an interview with detectives that Harris appeared to show very little emotion until he was confronted with the facts.  They said Harris became nervous and confessed.

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