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In January 2013, Coots was caught transporting three rattlesnakes and two copperheads through Knoxville, Tenn. Wildlife officials confiscated the snakes, and Coots pleaded guilty to illegally wildlife possession. He was given one year of unsupervised probation.

be allowed such unique access Converse Leather White to pastor Jamie and his congregation during the course of our show, and give context to his method of worship. said in February 2013 that he needed the snakes for religious reasons, citing a Bible passage in the book of Mark that reads, in part: these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. pastor said that year that he took that passage at face value.

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Jamie Coots was handling a rattlesnake at his Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church in Middlesboro when he was bitten on the hand Saturday night, another preacher, Cody Winn, told WBIR TV. After the bite, Coots dropped the snakes, but then picked them back up and continued on. Within minutes, Winn said Coots headed to the bathroom.

literally believe they want us to take up snakes, Coots told The Associated Press at the time. been serpent handling for the past 20 or 21 years. 1995, 28 year old Melinda Brown, of Parrottsville, Tenn., died after being bitten at Coot church by a 4 foot long timber rattlesnake. Her relatives disputed accounts that the mother of five had been holding the snake that bit her and disagreed with witnesses who said she refused medical treatment as she All Black Converse High Tops Australia

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had one of the rattlers in his hand, he came over and he was standing beside me. It was plain view, it just turned its head and bit him in the back of the hand within a second, Winn said. Saturday, they were told Coots had gone home, the Middlesboro Police Department said in a statement. Contacted at his house, Coots refused medical treatment. that night. When they returned about an hour later, Coots was dead from a venomous snake bite, police added.

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National Geographic said in a statement that it was struck by Coots religious convictions despite the health and legal peril he often faced. risks were always worth it to him and his congregants as a means to demonstrate their unwavering faith, the statement said. were honored to Converse Shoes

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The snake handling pastor son, Cody Coots, told the television station his dad had been bit eight times before, but never had had such a severe reaction. The son said he had thought the bite would be just like all the others.

the court thought that a trial would act to deter future snake handling in church, my decision would be different, Bell District Judge James Bowling Jr. wrote to the county attorney. you and I both know that this practice is not going to stop until either rattlesnakes or snake handlers become extinct. 2014 The Associated Press. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Bell County attorney at the time wanted to prosecute under a 1942 state law that made it illegal to handle or display snakes during religious services. But the judge refused to sign the criminal complaint.

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get better. That what happened every other time, except this time was just so quick and it was crazy, it was really crazy, Cody Coots said.

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suffered the effects of the venom for two days at Coots home.

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MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) A snake handling pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show Salvation has died after being bitten by a snake during a weekend church service in Kentucky.

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