California Youth Pastor Accused of Killing Man After Fight Outside Las Vegas Bar

Robert Cox, a 35-year-old California pastor, is pictured here with his wife, Julia. FoxNews.com
Robert Cox, a 35-year-old California pastor, is pictured here with his wife, Julia.
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A Manteca pastor is accused of killing a man after a fight outside a Las Vegas sports bar.

Robert Cox is now being held in the San Joaquin County Jail, awaiting extradition to Nevada to face a murder charge. Those who were with him on June 13, 2013 say he was the one who was attacked first, and only acted in self defense.

Cox’s friends and family can’t understand why these charges have been filed against him.

“He needs a good morale booster, he’s struggling,” Cox’s wife, Julie, told FOX40. “Obviously, he has no criminal past, no history of this.”

Cox and several members of his youth group were talking in the parking lot after dinner at the Four Kegs, a Vegas sports pub.

According to Kelli Lane, who was there, Link Ellingson abruptly approached them around midnight.

“He said, ‘Hey girl friend, you want to ‘F’ with me?’ And Rob was immediately like, ‘Oh my gosh, no,’ backed up, ‘I have kids here,’ said no. And the man said, ‘Well I’m coming to ‘F’ with you.’”

That’s when the group says Ellingson started punching members of their group.

“He assaulted five of us multiple times before Rob could get his arms around him to push him back and, unfortunately, when he was pushing him back they tripped and fell,” Lane told FOX40.

In that fall, Ellingson hit his head on the concrete, immediately going into a coma.

But according to the police report, Cox punched Ellingson in the face, something investigators believe he later lied about.

“There was no punch thrown. I can understand where that was implied because his finger was broken, but from the get go we said that the police report is false and we need to get it fixed,” Julie Cox said.

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SOURCE: FOX 40

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