A judge set bond at $1 million for a man prosecutors say killed an elderly pastor in south Columbus.
Ricky Skinner, 40, is accused of bludgeoning 81-year-old pastor Joseph McDowell to death with a baseball bat in March.
Police found McDowell’s body when they responded to an explosion at his home where they found Skinner and his girlfriend were on fire.
Skinner was living in the pastor’s garage, which had been converted to an apartment.
Investigators have yet to reveal a motive for the murder or a cause for the fire.