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Alleged Fla. church shooter Jeremiah Fogle had killed previous spouse

Alleged Fla. church shooter Jeremiah Fogle had killed previous spouse
Jeremiah Fogle
Polk County Sheriff's Office

(CBS/WTSP) LAKELAND, Fla. - Investigators say Jeremiah Fogle, the suspected gunman in Sunday's church shooting in Lakeland, may have been holding a grudge against church leaders that dated back several years.

Even more shocking, records show this is not the first time Jeremiah Fogle has been charged with murder.

The 57-year-old is accused of murdering his wife before walking down the block from their home Sunday and opening fire at the church.

The courtroom is a familiar place to Fogle. His latest appearance was on Monday to face murder and attempted murder charges. However, according to CBS affiliate WTSP, records show in 1986 he was arrested for murdering his previous wife in Highlands County. But the charge was reduced to manslaughter and Fogle was sentenced to 10 years probation.

Police say Fogle murdered his second wife, Theresa, whom he'd married in 2002, leaving her bloodied body and open bible inside their home. He then went to the Greater Faith Christian Church where witnesses say he shot Pastor William Boss, as the pastor was kneeling in prayer, as well as assistant minister Carl Stewart.

Investigators who questioned Fogle say they found several notes at his home that suggested Fogle suspected his wife of infidelity. When asked if he felt remorse for the shootings at the church, the arrest affidavit quotes Fogle as first saying "There weren't that many people there." Then later he said, "Tell them I'm sorry. You have my word."

Investigators say he later stated he loved his wife and then stopped talking.

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