The jury deliberated less than five hours before finding 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson guilty Friday. Among witnesses who testified in the trial were Burnette Chapel Church of Christ congregants who recalled details of the bloody scene.
Prosecutors are seeking life without parole. Samson is black; the victims are white. A prosecutor said Samson left a note about a 2015 shooting massacre at a South Carolina black church and aimed to kill at least 10 white churchgoers in revenge.
Samson testified that because of his mental illnesses he didn't remember if he shot the churchgoers.
Jurors in Tennessee are deliberating the fate of a black man who killed a woman and wounded seven people at a Nashville church in apparent revenge for the racist massacre of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina.
Twenty-seven-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson is charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the 2017 shooting of the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ.
Defense witnesses say he suffers from bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress after a violent childhood. His lawyers argued for criminally negligent homicide, not murder.
Prosecutors say he's conveniently invoking mental illness to avoid responsibility. They're seeking life without parole.