Records: Church shooting suspect killed previous wife

| September 19, 2011

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) – The man accused of killing his wife and then shooting two church pastors had pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 10 years of probation in 1987 in the slaying of a previous wife, according to court records.

Jeremiah Fogle, 57, is charged with murder and attempted murder after Sunday's shootings. Authorities said Fogle shot his wife, Theresa, burst into the front doors of the church and shot the ministers before church members tackled him.

According to the Highlands County Clerk of courts, Fogle pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in the death of a previous wife.

An affidavit from that killing states that Fogle answered the door holding a rifle and showed an Avon Park police officer the body of his wife. His stepson told investigators he heard Fogle call an ambulance and say he shot someone and wanted to kill himself.

Fogle was to appear in court Monday on the most recent charges. Authorities and relatives said he and Theresa Fogle had been members of the Greater Faith Christian Center Church before starting their own ministry out of their home.

Derrick Foster, a teacher at Greater Faith, told The Associated Press he heard gunfire and screams before he and another man tackled Fogle.

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