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'Snake Salvation'

Dead Pastor

Violated Law

2/17/2014 8:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The pastor who died Saturday from a snake bite violated Kentucky law by displaying and handling the deadly reptile during his church service ... TMZ has learned.

Jamie Coots was bitten by a rattlesnake while preaching to his congregation.  He refused medical treatment and died a short time later.

We did some digging ... and found a Kentucky law which says, "Any person who displays, handles or uses any kind of reptile in connection with any religious service or gathering shall be fined not less than $50 nor more than $100."

Kentucky Game Warden Ray Lawson tells TMZ ... Coots had proper permits to transport, hold and sell copperhead and timber rattlesnakes, but he acknowledges the state law prohibiting the use of snakes in religious ceremonies.

Lawson says his dept. has no authority to enforce the state law.  He says that's the job of the cops, but they don't enforce it.

We called the police ... but so far no answer.

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1.

Kelly    

Thank you Darwin.

216 days ago
2.

Dee Kat    

Sum look at him like he is a fool including me but he did what he believes the bible says

216 days ago
3.

JayJay    

He had a deathwish

The guy on the left is kinda hot

216 days ago
4.

TuxThePenguin    

That man was an idiot.

216 days ago
5.

the truth    

Hopefully this proves once and for all God does not exist people..... its a fairytale invented by the Romans to calm down the Christians

216 days ago
6.

swagology    

Haha wtf did anyone else notice how big the guy all the way on the right hands are there huge prolly from all those snake bites

216 days ago
7.

Andie    

There's always another dumbass to take his place.

216 days ago
8.

Beast Mode    

Fine his stupid, dead arse!

216 days ago
9.

Perky    

I prefer to see this tragic event as removing oneself from the gene pool.

216 days ago
10.

Jennifer    

I think these people are stupid in their beliefs, but it should not be against the law. I thought we had religious freedom in this country?

216 days ago
11.

JayJay    

What is up with that guy's hand ?????????

216 days ago
12.

Beast Mode    

I hope they're investigating him for snake rape. Those pastor-priest types always seem to be raping something.

216 days ago
13.

boo boo    

My bible says snakes are bad and not to trust them and to cut off their head....that's always worked for me.

216 days ago
14.

JayJay    

The preacher looks like that ghost hunters dude

216 days ago
15.

JiLL1    

Creepy

216 days ago
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