Alleged accomplices in pastor beating found not guilty

Two men accused of disturbing church services when an Ellisville pastor was attacked are now breathing a sigh of relief after a judge found them not guilty.

Pastor Steve Nixon of  Calvary Baptist Church pressed charges Monday of disturbing worship against two men who he says were accessories to an aggravated assault last month in the church parking lot.

The two defendants, Jason Graves and James Walters were accused of aiding Mike Clark when he allegedly assaulted the pastor with an air hose 20 minutes before a Wednesday-night church service.

After hearing testimony from the pastor, church members, the two defendants and even Clark himself, the judge found the men not guilty.

Monday's case and the assault stemmed from an alleged inappropriate text message Clark said the pastor sent his wife.