US church music director goes on trial for three murders

US church music director goes on trial for three murders


norman lebrecht

February 04, 2022

William Broyles, 57, director of music ministries at the Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Florida, is facing trial for shooting his wife, Candace, and their two adult children in their Jacksonville home.

If convicted, posecutors say they will seek the death penalty. He has a peevious conviction for threatening violence.

Broyles’s church website says: ‘Bill believes that music was created by God for his Glory and that the church stands as a witness to the grace and lordship of Jesus when our music glorifies him in worship and life.’


  • John Borstlap says:

    The difference between theory and practice is a burden the Christian church has carried on its shoulders since its inception. But maybe the man can be woked, painting him as a victim?

    • Ms.Melody says:

      He will probably get off by reason of insanity. He may well be a deeply disturbed, paranoid man, probably abused as a child. In any case, he should NEVER be released back into society and will spend the rest of his life in a padded cell

  • Kenny says:

    “Florida man….”

    (Not touching “peevious….”)

  • Tom Phillips says:

    Knew even before reading this that this had to have taken place in either Florida or Texas (from a typical white no-doubt Trump supporting evangelical Republican). What a surprise!

    • Heemer says:

      Really??!! Perhaps you should do your research before spreading misinformation. This tragedy was carried out by a music director of a church that is a member of PCUSA which is hardly conservative, let alone Trump supporting. I have issues with Trump but politicizing this, and wrongly at that, is despicable!!

    • V.Lind says:

      Member of the Religious Right (more usually the Religious Wrong).

    • Singeril says:

      Your comment is very interesting when one understands that the most liberal cities in the United States (and lead by liberal mayors) are setting record highs in the amount of murders committed. From looking at the church’s website, it doesn’t appear that they are a right leaning evangelical Church….quite the opposite.

      • Tom Phillips says:

        If you’re referring to New York, you are clearly unaware of the vital distinction between “amount” vs. “rate” of murders. Obviously a city with close to 9 million residents will have a higher NUMBER of murders than a place with less than a million. However when size of population is taken into account, New York (and other liberal cities like Boston) have among the lowest PERCENTAGE of any in the U.S. (yes, even now). Your statistical chances of being a murder victim (or of any violent crime) are INFINITELY HIGHER in any Southern red-state city. And New York’s recent increase is nowhere near a “record-high” compared both to its distant past as well as the much higher rates of other disproportionately Southern and Midwest Cities in such red states as Texas, Florida, Missouri, etc.)

    • Barry Guerrero says:

      Of course. The two states that espouse individual freedoms, yet do nothing to curb their own forms of insanity. What a world.

    • Alexander Graham Cracker says:

      I do believe that people commit murders in blue states too.

    • The View from America says:

      Just like the mass murder at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando? Oh, wait — the shooter was from New York and his parents were immigrants from Afghanistan.

      Suggest you think a little harder before commenting like this — it makes you look like a complete idiot.

      • Tom Phillips says:

        He probably got his guns in Florida just like the latest Muslim synagogue attacker did in Texas. Background checks for guns being of course “a Northern Blue State thing”.

  • NYMike says:

    Goes to show that mythological “beliefs” do not make one a good person. What a cretin!

  • Henry williams says:

    Why did they not check his record before employing him.

  • Steve B says:

    What religion hath wrought! Another religious nut.

  • margaret koscielny says:

    Cynicism paints a broad brush about religion, but, human empathy suggests that maybe a man drawn to Church music was trying to gain some equilibrium in a chaotic personal struggle with mental illness.

    A tragedy on all fronts.

    PS I live in a community several miles from where this took place.
    It was sudden and totally shocking to everyone.