Hearing Delayed For Mega Church Shooting Suspect

ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – A court appearance for a man accused of gunning down a volunteer during a prayer service at a Georgia megachurch has been postponed.

A preliminary hearing for Floyd Palmer was scheduled for Thursday morning. It is now set for Friday.

Police say Palmer shot 39-year-old Greg McDowell to death at World Changers Church International Church outside Atlanta in October. McDowell was killed as he led a prayer group. No one else was hurt.

Police records show Palmer was charged more than a decade ago with a shooting outside a Maryland mosque. Palmer was committed to a psychiatric hospital in 2004 after pleading not criminally responsible to the mosque shooting.

Palmer’s lawyer, Drew Findling, has said his client’s mental competency must be evaluated as the criminal case against him moves forward.

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