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JURY CONTINUES TO DELIBERATE FATE OF RACIST CHURCH SHOOTER

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A jury is deciding the fate of 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, the man charged with 43 crimes, including first-degree murder and aggravated assault, in the 2017 shooting of the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ.

The crime was allegedly a revenge attack for the 2015 racist massacre of nine members of a predominantly black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Jurors received their instructions and were sent out to deliberate around 3:50 Thursday afternoon; they were released just before 5 p.m. and returned this morning to continue their deliberations.

Prosecutors claim Samson killed a woman and wounded seven other people, including the minister, at the Antioch church, where he used to be a parishioner.

The defense claims Samson is bipolar and suffers from post-traumatic stress as a result of a violent childhood. His lawyers argued for criminally negligent homicide instead of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Samson is “conveniently” invoking mental illness to avoid responsibility and are seeking life in prison without possibility of parole.

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