Adkisson pleads guilty in Tennessee church shooting

Posted on 10 Feb 2009 at 10:21am
By Duncan Mansfield Associated Press

Out-of-work truck driver said he attacked Unitarian church because of its liberal stance on LGBT issues, among other reasons

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — An out-of-work truck driver has pleaded guilty to all charges in the killing of two people and wounding of six others in a church.

Fifty-eight-year-old Jim D. Adkisson entered the pleas Monday morning, Feb. 9, before Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz in Knoxville. He had been scheduled to stand trial next month.

After Adkisson entered his plea, the court sentenced him to life in prison without parole.

Police say Adkisson attacked the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in July 2008 because of its liberal open-door policies, including acceptance of gays.

The shooter fired three shotgun blasts into the congregation during a children’s musical performance before members wrestled him to the ground.

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