By DUNCAN MANSFIELD
Associated Press Writer
KNOXVILLE - An unemployed truck driver seething over liberalism told police he attacked a church in 2008 because it harbored gays, multiracial families, "weirdoes and sickos," and he wanted to provoke others to follow his example.
Prosecutors opened their case file Thursday on 58-year-old Jim David Adkisson, who pleaded guilty one month ago to killing two people and wounding six others at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville.
Now serving a life sentence, Adkisson told police hours after the shooting that he was unemployed, depressed and ready to take his anger out on what he called "an ultra liberal" church that "never met a pervert they just didn't embrace."
Adkisson also explained his motives in that note that said he hoped for "other like-minded people to do what I've done."