COLVILLE -- The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog reported serial killer Israel Keyes and the Kehoe brothers were neighbors and went to the same Colville Church.
The pastor of Our Place Fellowship denied the men were regular members.
Dan Henry said the Kehoe brothers, who made national headlines when one of them tried to shoot an Ohio state trooper in 1997, came to the church once -- and only once. Keyes attended a couple of times and never returned.
Henry said the two families acted like "hot shots" and he was turned off by their attidudes.
Keyes admitted to killing eight people in multiple states and could be guilty of more crimes. He took his life Sunday in an Alaska jail, where he was awaiting trial for killing a local barista.
The story by the Southern Poverty Law Center blog said Our Place Fellowship is part of the Christian Identity Movement, a group that believes white people are superior and Jewish people are descendants of Satan.
Henry said his church does not feel one group of people is higher than another in God’s eyes.
"The Hebrew race was given a special assignment to be a servant to the rest of the world," he explained. ”Our Heavenly Father made every race and he made them because he wanted them. He doesn't put one above the other."
Henry said the FBI declared his following as the only non-militant Christian Identity group.