Trial of Accused Tennessee Church Shooter Emanuel Samson Underway

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) The trial for a man accused of killing one and injuring others in a shooting at an Antioch church has officially begun.

Opening statements began Monday morning in the trial of Emanuel Samson, who allegedly opened fire at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch on September 24, 2017.

The state opened its case by referencing a note left in Samson’s SUV claiming he wanted to kill 10 white churchgoers, a reference to the Charleston, South Carolina church massacre in which Dylann Roof murdered nine black churchgoers.

Deputy District Attorney Amy Hunter detailed how Melanie Crow, age 39, was fatally shot in the church parking lot. Several others were injured, including Minister Joey Spann and usher Robert Engle, who was able to subdue the gunman until authorities arrived.

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