NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of man charged in a 2017 Tennessee church shooting (all times local):
A prosecutor says a black man charged with fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church aimed to kill at least 10 white churchgoers and cited a 2015 massacre at a black church in South Carolina.
Nashville Deputy District Attorney Amy Hunter made the comments Monday during opening statements of the trial of 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson. Prosecutors have said they’re seeking life without parole for Samson, who faces a 43-count indictment, including a first-degree murder charge, in the September 2017 shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ.
Samson is black and the victims are white. Hunter mentioned a note in Samson’s car that cited a white supremacist’s massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015.