By Robert A. Vella
Six Word of Life Christian Church members are facing manslaughter and assault charges in the beating death of 19 year-old Lucas Leonard during a cult-like confession ritual in the New Hartford, New York village of Chadwicks. Included in the pending indictments are the victim’s parents, Bruce and Deborah Leonard. Lucas’ brother Christopher was hospitalized for similar injuries. The boys’ half-sister also faces assault charges.