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Lutheran bishop charged in fatal crash steps aside


MADISON (WKOW) -- The local bishop charged in a hit-and-run crash is stepping aside.

Bruce Burnside conceded he can no longer fulfill his responsibilities at the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin. The church agreed and is planning on naming an interim bishop as soon as possible. Burnside's term as bishop ends June 30.

Burnside is accused of driving drunk, then hitting and killing Maureen Mengelt as she jogged in Sun Prairie. He is currently at an in-patient treatment center while waiting for his next court appearance.

The synod's acting bishop, the Rev. Blake Rohrer, tells the Wisconsin State Journal church rules allow an interim bishop to begin serving without the formal resignation of the elected bishop.

The synod oversees 145 congregations in south-central Wisconsin.

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