One Of Two Charged In Greenville Pastor's Murder Makes Plea Deal

Artis / Brown

One of two men accused in the 2012 murder of a Greenville minister pleaded guilty this afternoon.

Tyrell Artis entered a guilty plea to second degree murder, first degree burglary, possession of a firearm by a felon, as well as other charges.

Artis was 20 years old at the time of Pastor Jim Carr's murder in August 2012. Another man, Shamel Brown, is still awaiting trial.

Carr was killed during a home invasion in his Westhaven home. Police said robbery was the motive in the homicide.

In court prosecutors told Judge Benjamin Alford that Artis was the triggerman in the murder and co-defendant Brown had confessed to his part of the crime.

The judge was told the two men thought the home was empty at the time, and were surprised when Pastor Carr confronted them. The victim's wife told Artis, "You have been forgiven."

Artis was sentenced to serve between 48-1/2 and 64 years in state prison.