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Beloved Oklahoma City pastor returns to court

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — The pastor of an Oklahoma City church renowned for his many charitable works is heading to court after his arrest last year.

On November 17, 2021, Pastor Scobey and other members of the community were peacefully protesting the day before Julius Jones was executed.

A demonstration of civil disobedience in favor of Julius Jones.

Scobey was arrested and charged with two counts of obstructing a roadway and failing to comply with a lawful order.

“I was absolutely exercising my First Amendment rights,” Scobey said. “Any time your First Amendment rights are violated, a person like me for sure, we don’t take it lightly.”

Scobey was the only person arrested at the scene and now faces obstruction by an officer and an inability to disperse charges for crossing barricades and standing in the street.

On Thursday, Scobey’s case will go before an Oklahoma County judge for a motion hearing.

Scobey’s attorneys are expected to ask the judge to set a trial date.

The Ebenezer Baptist Church, through Scobey’s leadership and the good work of his parishioners, has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in food and furnishings to community members in need in recent years.