Former Church Secretary Faces Charges

The question of what happened to money missing from the Good Hope Baptist Church’s bank accounts may have been solved.

A former secretary for the church, located on Eagle Street in the Dunkirk, has been arrested on a secret grand jury indictment warrant charging her with third-degree grand larceny.

City resident Myra A. Murphy, 42, of South Zebra Street, was arrested after a lengthy investigation by the Dunkirk Police Department. It is alleged that she stole funds from the church over a period of time while performing duties as the secretary for the church.

Murphy turned herself in to Dunkirk Police and was subsequently arraigned before for County Court Judge John Ward and released under supervision of probation. The investigation is continuing.

Murphy was one of 20 plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit earlier this year seeking a judgment against the pastor, Leo J. Nixon, along with church members Jean Jackson, Chad Butts and Charles Butts Sr. The judgment sought included that the defendants be individually charged with the loss to defendant Good Hope Baptist Church due to their malfeasance of bad faith, breach of contract, breach of trust and fiduciary duty as set forth in the complaint.

Murphy and the other plaintiffs asked that the church be repaid any monies, with the plaintiffs then reimbursed for their costs bringing the legal action.