Authorities believe it was “a domestic situation” — and not terrorism — that fueled Sunday’s mass shooting inside a small church in rural Texas, killing at least 26 people, including an 18-month-old child.
During a Monday press conference, an FBI official confirmed that the shooter, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, had “expressed anger towards his mother-in-law,” who was a member of the congregation at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, the site of Sunday’s attack.
The shooter, officials said, had sent his mother-in-law several threatening text messages, but no report was ever filed with police.
Kelley is a former Air Force member who dressed in all-black tactical gear and was wearing a ballistics vest when he began firing from outside the church at around 11:30 a.m. local time, during a service.
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The wounded deputy, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries, Freeman said. He suffered gunshot wounds to his legs, according to the sheriff’s office.
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ROCKFORD — Defense attorneys who attempted to raise the possibility of alternative suspects and alternative explanations for evidence against Todd Smith rested today at his first-degree murder trial.
Closing arguments are expected to take place Wednesday morning. In a case that stretched over parts of three weeks, it is not known how long the jury of 10 men and two women will deliberate.
Smith pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and related charges in the October 2012 death of his wife, Katrina Smith, 30.
Here is a look at evidence the jury could consider.
Murder weapon: The bat prosecutors believe was used Oct. 22, 2012, to beat Katrina Smith to death was found with her blood on it in Todd Smith’s garage. A family friend testified that Todd Smith asked him in November 2012 to retrieve the bat. When told it was
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The San Antonio Police Department’s Crisis Response Team, which provides crisis intervention and case management services to victims of domestic abuse, was not complying with department procedures and policies, according to an audit presented Tuesday to the city’s Audit Committee.
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