Records: Shooting suspect killed previous wife

September 19, 2011 - 11:50 AM
Florida Church Shooting

From left, Laura Gardin, sister of Theresa Fogle, and Jon Gardin, Laura's husband, talk about the shooting in Lakeland, Fla. on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. A gunman killed his wife at their Florida home and then burst through the front door of a nearby church on Sunday, wounding a pastor and associate pastor before parishioners tackled him, authorities and relatives said. The suspect, 57-year-old Jeremiah Fogle, killed one person at a home about a block away from the church before shooting the pastors, the Polk County Sheriff's office said. The two men, pastor William Boss and associate pastor Carl Stewart, were in critical condition. Maria Beauford said the slain woman was her sister, 56-year-old Theresa Fogle. The Fogles married in 2002 and had been members of Greater Faith Christian Center Church, where the shootings happened, but had started their own ministry out of their house and regularly hosted Sunday services, Beauford said. (AP Photo/The Lakeland Ledger, Pierre DuCharme)

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Court records show a Florida man who authorities say shot two ministers after killing his wife had pleaded guilty to killing a previous wife.

Jeremiah Fogle is charged with first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder after Sunday's shootings at a Lakeland church. Authorities say he killed his wife, Theresa, at the couple's home before opening fire at the nearby church.

According to the Highlands County Clerk of Courts, Fogle was sentenced to 10 years' probation in 1987 after pleading guilty to a manslaughter charge.

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