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Accused Antioch Church Shooter Enters Not Guilty Plea

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Posted at 7:17 AM, Mar 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-28 10:45:35-04

The man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding six people at an Antioch church has entered a not guilty plea.

On Wednesday, 26-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson waived his right to appear and entered a plea on behalf of his attorney, Jennifer Thompson.

He was indicted on 43-counts – including first-degree murder, attempted murder and felony civil rights intimidation charges – in the shooting Burnette Chapel Church of Christ back in September.

An arrest affidavit said Samson waived his rights and told police he arrived armed and fired at Burnette in September.

In October, Nashville Police Detective Steve Jolley testified that a note in Samson's car referred to a white supremacist's 2015 massacre at a South Carolina black church. Jolley said Samson told him he didn't give much thought to race or religion, and heard voices and had visions.