Hearing Rescheduled For Church Shooting Suspect

Posted at 6:06 AM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 13:20:38-04

A review hearing has been rescheduled for the suspect who allegedly opened fire inside an Antioch church, killing one and injuring seven others. 

Wednesday would have been Emanuel Samson’s first appearance before a judge, alongside his public defender. The hearing has been pushed back to Friday, October 6.  

Samson was being held without bond in the murder of Melanie Crow Smith.  

According to a police report, Samson admitted to opening fire on the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ right after Sunday morning service.

However, a motive for the shooting remained unknown.

Joey Spann, the church's minister, spoke Tuesday about the horrifying moment when both he and his wife, along with several others, were shot.  

“When I fell down near the side, my wife raised up and she cried out my name yelling 'Joey, Joey.' I said 'Honey he's killed me,’” Spann said. “I said ‘I'm dying and I'm sorry.’”

He finally got to see his wife, Peggy, on Tuesday. The couple and three other victims were listed in stable condition. 

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