Tennessee church shooting suspect has Oct. 23 court date

FILE - This undated photo provided by Metro Nashville Police Department shows Emanuel Kidega Samson. Samson, the man charged in a shooting that killed one person and wounded six others, at a Tennessee church, has a hearing on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, scheduled in front of a Davidson County general sessions judge. Samson is charged with the fatal shooting of one woman and additional charges are expected after the rampage at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Nashville. He's being held without bond. (Metro Nashville Police Department via AP, File)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The man accused of fatally shooting one person and wounding six others at a Tennessee church has a new court date.

Nashville district attorney general spokeswoman Dorinda Carter says 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson's preliminary hearing will be Oct. 23.

Samson wasn't in court Friday when his case was briefly mentioned.

He's charged with murder in the Sept. 24 slaying of a woman at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Nashville. Additional charges are expected. He's being held without bond.

An arrest affidavit says Samson waived his rights and told police he arrived armed and fired at Burnette.

Police haven't determined a motive. Law enforcement officials told The Associated Press a note in Samson's car referenced retaliation for a white supremacist's 2015 massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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