Lawyer: Tenn. Church Shooting Suspect Plans Insanity Defense

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An unemployed truck driver accused in a
deadly Tennessee church shooting may be eyeing an insanity defense.
Jim Adkisson waived a preliminary hearing today. His lawyer
calls that an effort to lay the groundwork for an insanity plea.
The idea is to get Adkisson's mental state evaluated as soon as
Prosecutors say Adkisson killed two people and wounded six at a
Knoxville church last month. The dead include a church usher and a
retired English professor who'd come to see a children's play.
An insanity defense may be a risky strategy. Adkisson's lawyer
says no modern Tennessee jury has found a defendant not guilty by
reason of insanity in a contested case. He says the strategy
usually only works if prosecutors agree.
Adkisson is currently charged with a single count of
first-degree murder. He's being held on 1 million-dollar bond.

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