A 55-year-old California pastor who gave the eulogy at a friend’s funeral now is accused of killing that friend. According to reports, Doug Porter was arrested at the Mexico border for the murder of 85-year-old Frank Craig, who died in a car crash. Friends and relatives of Craig thought from the beginning that Porter had planned two crashes to get to Craig’s multi-million dollar trust fund. Craig received $4 million in stocks and real estate after his brother’s death. The crashes occurred after Craig allegedly voiced concerns about a museum, which Porter had promised to help him build. The ground for the museum was never broken. Porter became the heir to Craig’s finances in 1999.

According to a report from the Modesto Bee, the first crash occurred in March 2002 when Porter drove the pickup truck he and Craig were in off the road and struck a tree. Craig broke his legs and injured his pelvis, sternum and lungs. In April 2004, Porter drove the pickup truck he and Craig were in into the Turlock Irrigation District’s Ceres Main canal. That wreck killed Craig. Porter walked away from both crashes with only minor injuries.

Eight months later, Porter sold Craig’s 17-acre ranch for more than $400,000. He used $469,000 of Craig’s money to buy property for a church, which included land that had been earmarked for the museum.

Porter is being held without bail. The warrant against him lists charges of attempted murder, elder abuse and grand theft.

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