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Lawyer: Guilty plea coming in TN church shooting

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DUNCAN MANSFIELD | February 4, 2009 06:01 PM EST | AP


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A defense lawyer says an unemployed truck driver accused of killing two people and wounding six plans to plead guilty to all counts he faces in the Tennessee church shooting rampage.

Public Defender Mark Stephens said Wednesday that in exchange for the plea expected Monday, 58-year-old Jim D. Adkisson will receive a sentence of life without parole.

Adkisson was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shootings last July at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville.

Prosecutors say Adkisson fired three blasts from a sawed-off shotgun into the congregation during a children's performance of the musical "Annie" before church members wrestled him to the ground. His trial was to begin in March.