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Pastor claims D.A. Lehmberg's vow to stay in office is affecting course of justice

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A local pastor is demanding the resignation of District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. This news comes as a high-profile DWI case could be settled by week's end.

Pastor Greg Van Court wants Lehmberg to practice what she preaches. He says the District Attorney's arrest for DWI is interfering with a case that has hit close to home for his congregation.

Greg Van Court never thought he would be the pastor of the Dayspring Fellowship Church so soon.

The small church Van Court grew up in was founded by Pastor Jackson Boyett, Jr. in 1978. Boyett was Van Court's mentor and because the pastor didn't have children, he was like a father.

"He was the one that encouraged me to go off to seminary," Van Court said.

But that all changed in an instant on the night of November 29, 2011.

"We're coming up on the two year anniversary," Van Court said.

Boyett and his wife Barbara were killed as they were traveling back from their ranch in Junction that Tuesday night when they were hit head on by Terri Elmore.

Further investigation determined Elmore was driving drunk. She was arrested and charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter.

Van Court says he and members of his church are growing concerned that Elmore could only get a slap on the wrist if she's found guilty after learning the District Attorney's Office wants to offer her plea deal.

"We do believe that those who are criminally responsible for the death of another ought to be taken off the streets and do some serious time," Van Court said.

Van Court says he believes the D.A.'s office wants to make a plea deal to avoid possible media attention after District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg was convicted of driving while intoxicated earlier this year.

"We're concerned that there will be a deal to make it go away so that there's not a trial that comes back into the media and brings more attention to the fact that the district attorney has a drunk driving charge of her own," he said.

Van Court says hearings have been delayed and says he was told it's because there are new procedures to be followed after Lehmberg's arrest.

"That has now directly affected this case and delayed it. So I think that there are real consequences to her not stepping down that are affecting the course of justice," Van Court said.

An assistant prosecutor told FOX 7 Tuesday afternoon that several plea deals have been put on the table for Elmore. So far they haven't reached an agreement. Elmore is due back in court for a hearing on Friday.

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