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Conspiracy theorists accused of harassing pastor at Texas church where mass shooting occurred

March 7, 2018

Conspiracy theorists accused of harassing pastor at Texas church where mass shooting occurred

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — A man and woman who claim the 2017 deadly shooting at a church was staged are now facing charges after they were accused of harassing the pastor and other victims.

Robert Ussery, 54, who founded conspiracy website Side Thorn, and his partner Jodi Mann, 56, who is referred to as “Conspiracy Granny” online, were both arrested at First Baptist Church on Monday, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Ussery and Mann both are charged with trespassing and resisting arrest or search. Ussery also is charged with possessing under 2 ounces of marijuana and making a terroristic threat.

Pastor Frank Pomeroy, whose 14-year-old daughter died in the Nov. 5 shooting, says Ussery and Mann showed up at the church on Monday claiming the shooting never happened and was staged by the U.S. government, CBS DFW reports.

The pair also demanded to see the birth certificate of Pomeroy’s slain daughter, Annabelle, saying she never existed.

“He said, ‘Your daughter never even existed. Show me her birth certificate. Show me anything to say she was here,’” Pomeroy tells the Express News. “I just told him there was enough evidence already visible, so if he chooses not to see that, how would I know he would believe anything else?”

Pomeroy also says Ussery “continually yelled and screamed and hollered and told me he was gonna hang me from a tree, and pee on me while I’m hanging.”

Twenty-six people were killed and 20 others wounded in the shooting at the church. The gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, took his own life.

The Express-News reports Ussery is known in the community for harassing the families of victims and other residents.

He also reportedly has a long arrest history dating to the 1980s for burglary, driving while intoxicated, assault and evading arrest.

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