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Here is how the Fox affiliate reported it:
Pastor Mark Lewis made bail he was back at the Fellowship Baptist Church, preaching. The 39-year-old is accused of asking three people to throw a Molotov cocktail into the bedroom window of his ex-girlfriend Sarah Nottingham’s parents’ house
In an exclusive interview Sunday, Lewis denied the allegations against him.
“I didn’t do it … I didn’t have someone else do it. What do you want me to say? That’s the truth,” Lewis said.
This sounds very much like a reliable denial, but is it?
Is it accurately reported by the editor?
Please go to the link provided and make your comment.
Did your opinion change after listening to the audio? If so, why?
"We're going to go inside now..,"
Q. "Did you do it?
A. I didn't do it.
Q. "Did you have someone else do it for you?"
A. "No, I did not have someone else do it."
This is called "reflective language", where the subject reflects back to the Interviewer, the Interviewer's own language. It is not a reliable denial. In fact, when first approached, the subject avoiding making a denial until the interviewer gave it to him.
This does not mean he is guilty, but his denial is not to be deemed reliable.