Emanuel Samson is sitting in the courtroom, listening to new evidence in his trial. He’s accused in a 43-count indictment, including murder in the shooting rampage that took place at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in September 2017.
Prosecutors are questioning police officers who responded to the shooting and are describing evidence they found at the scene.
A Metro police officer says he looked in the suspect’s Nissan X-Terra and saw a handwritten note on the dashboard.
We are seeing the note for the first time. It makes reference to the mass shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston South Carolina on June 17, 2015. The note says, “Dylan Roof is less than nothing. The blood that’s shed is the same as the blood that’s shed on the RBG flag. (in terms of vengeance) 1 up B*tch.” The message ends with a smiley face.
Jurors in the Emanuel Samson trial listened to eight hours of graphic testimony yesterday on the first day of the trial.
Witnesses who were wounded in the shooting rampage gave compelling accounts of what they heard and saw at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ on September 24, 2017.
The jury also heard from church usher Caleb Engle, who confronted the gunman, disarmed him and held him until police arrived.
Samson’s attorney, Jennifer Lynn Thompson, countered that Samson’s true intention was to kill himself. He left a suicide note for his girlfriend and sent a goodbye video to his cousin, according to Thompson.
At a hearing in April, it was revealed that a psychiatrist diagnosed Samson with “schizoaffective disorder bipolar type” and post-traumatic stress disorder after an abusive, violent upbringing.