Wis. bishop charged in fatal crash out of jail

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Wis. bishop charged in fatal crash out of jail

CREATED Apr. 11, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr. 11, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin bishop charged with striking and killing a runner while driving drunk is out of jail and in a treatment facility.

The South-Central Synod of Wisconsin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America says Bishop Bruce Burnside was released from jail on a signature bond Thursday.

Burnside was charged Wednesday in Dane County with three felonies and one misdemeanor in the death of 52-year-old Maureen Mengelt of Sun Prairie. Mengelt was struck and killed Sunday while jogging.

Prosecutors allege Burnside was driving drunk when he hit Mengelt with his SUV.

The synod has appointed the Rev. Blake Rohrer acting bishop.

Rohrer tells the Wisconsin State Journal Burnside retains the position of bishop "without any of the functionality of the office."

The synod oversees 145 congregations in 13 counties.


Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj