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Tenn. evangelist enters Alford plea in squalor case

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Bluff City pastor and television evangelist entered an Alford plea in Sullivan County court on allegations that she allowed her diabetic husband and then-92-year-old mother to live in filth.

The Bristol Herald Courier reports (http://bit.ly/IqVyA5) Brenda Viars made the plea on Monday in connection with abuse charges.

Her mother and husband were removed from their home in February 2011 and immediately hospitalized. Authorities said their apartment was so littered with trash that it was difficult to walk and the stench could be smelled in the adjoining church.

Viars is pastor of the All for Jesus Church of God and host of cable television program "King's Servants."

An Alford plea means Viars claims innocence but admits there is a lot of evidence against her. She will be sentenced July 5.

Information from: Bristol Herald Courier, http://www.bristolnews.com

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