Prosecutor says black Nashville church shooter wanted revenge for Charleston, SC church massacre

Mail Online | 5/20/2019 | Associated Press;Chauncey Alcorn For Dailymail.com
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A prosecutor said Monday that 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 as revenge for a 2015 massacre at a black church in South Carolina.

Nashville Deputy District Attorney Amy Hunter made the comments during opening statements in the trial of Emanuel Kidega Samson, 27.

Prosecutors - Life - Parole - Samson - Indictment

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's attorney, Jennifer Lynn Thompson, countered that Samson's true intention was to kill himself.

Note - Girlfriend - Goodbye - Video - Cousin

He left a suicide note for his girlfriend and sent a goodbye video to his cousin, according to Thompson.

Members of the church packed the courtroom, at times becoming emotional when attorneys and witnesses recounted a Sunday filled with chaos, tragedy and heroism.

Shooting - Rampage - Melanie - L - Crow

The shooting rampage killed 38-year-old Melanie L. Crow of Smyrna, Tennessee.

She was shot in the church parking lot, and dropped her Bible and notes from a recently concluded worship ceremony that had just concluded, Hunter said.

Samson - Church - Victims

Samson, who used to attend the church, is black and the victims are white.

Hunter explained that a note in Samson's car cited white supremacist Dylann Roof's massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015.

Flag - RBG

It also referenced the red, black and green Pan-African flag, sometimes called RBG.

'Dylann Roof is less than nothing,' the note read, Hunter said.

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'The blood that 10 of your kind will shed is that of the color upon the RBG flag in terms of vengeance.'

The note included an expletive and...
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