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Records: Shooting suspect killed previous wife

September 19, 2011 • National News


Lakeland Police and Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies investigate a 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) — Two wives have been shot and killed by a Florida man who is also accused of wounding two ministers at a church where he was once a deacon, officials said Monday.

Jeremiah Fogle, 57, is charged with murdering his wife, Theresa, and with attempted murder in Sunday’s shootings. Years before, Fogle had pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his wife, Diane, and was sentenced in 1987 to 10 years’ probation after a first-degree murder charge was dropped, officials said.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Fogle has been married at least seven times and expressed outrage that he was a free man despite the earlier wife’s killing.

“Of the seven, he’s managed to kill two of them. I wouldn’t want to marry him if he gets out again,” Judd said.

During a hearing Monday, Fogle was ordered held without bond and assigned a public defender. He Login to read more

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