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Investigator: Pastor tried to flee gunman

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MARYVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- An investigator's affidavit is providing a clearer account of an Illinois pastor's final moments before he was gunned down in church.

Illinois State Police investigator James Walker writes that Terry Sedlacek walked toward a pulpit during a Sunday service at Maryville's First Baptist Church and was addressed by the Rev. Fred Winters.

That's when Walker says Sedlacek fired at Winters. Investigators say that bullet clipped the Bible Winters was holding, sending a spray of paper.

Walker says Winters then tried to run and jump from the stage with Sedlacek in pursuit. Sedlacek fired again before his gun jammed. The only bullet that hit Winters pierced his heart.

Sedlacek is charged with murder and aggravated battery.

Church gunman known as quiet person

MARYVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A woman who worked with a 27-year-old Illinois man accused to shooting a pastor to death as he gave his sermon says he was a quiet teenager.

Verna Giley says she worked with Terry Sedlacek at a restaurant that was owned by his mother and stepfather, Robert and Ruth Abernathy, before it was sold at auction last fall.

The 59-year-old Giley says Sedlacek was a quiet teen. But she says after his Lyme disease diagnosis and a hospitalization, he began making odd noises and his body would sometimes jerk. She said he never was threatening.

Madison County prosecutors say Sedlacek carried enough ammunition Sunday to kill 30 people.

Prosecutors also say the alleged gunman referred to Sunday as "death day" on a planner found in his home. Sedlacek is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery in the attack that killed the Rev. Fred Winters and left two congregants who tackled him with stab wounds.

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