Congregation meets for first time since verdict from Antioch church shooting

Posted at 1:28 PM, May 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 15:12:21-04

ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WTVF) — Parishioners return to Sunday service for the first time since the Antioch church shooting trial wrapped up. Outside of the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch was a sign that said "God is Just."

Parishioners said they are feeling relieved after they learned the verdict of Emanuel Samson. He was found guilty on all 43 counts, including premeditated first degree murder.

"It's like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders," said Bridget Polson, sister of victim Melanie Crow.

Emanuel Samson shot and killed Melanie Crow in the church parking lot on September 24th, 2017. Samson injured several others, including Minister Joey Spann and usher Robert Engle. Engle subdued the gunman until police arrived.

"I dreaded the trial since the day it happened so I'm just glad its over and we got justice," said Polson.

Minister Joey Spann said he is looking forward to moving forward.

Samson will be sentenced on Tuesday.