Psychiatrist: man accused of fatally shooting woman, wounding 7 people, has mental illnesses.

one year ago

Nashville news, Tennessee news.

A defense attorney read in Nashville City Court Wednesday excerpts from a report on Emanuel Kidega Samson, 27, accused of shooting a woman and injuring seven people in a Tennessee church in 2017.

The psychiatrist diagnosed Samson with mental illness: "schizoaffective bipolar disorder" and post-traumatic stress disorder.

He discovered that Samson was hearing voices, hallucinating and having intense mood swings, with "delusional beliefs" about predicting the future and controlling people with his mind.

He determined that Samson's mental illness motivated his actions during the shooting in Nashville at Christ Church in Burnette Chapel.

Prosecutors said they were looking for life without parole for Samson, who faces first degree murder and other charges.