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Sentencing delayed for man who committed Utah church shooting

Published January 24, 2014 7:34 am

Defendant admits he shot father-in-law at Father's Day service.
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Ogden • James Evans' wounds have healed: He has made a full physical recovery from the injuries he suffered when his son-in-law walked into his Catholic church during a Father's Day service and shot him in the head.

But St. James the Just Catholic Church's the Rev. Erik Richtsteig said there are emotional wounds still mending for those parishioners who witnessed Charles Jennings, Jr. walk into their peaceful church and fire a gun at Evans.

Richtsteig said many parishioners are still receiving counseling to help them overcome the traumatic events on that June day.

"I'm angry," Richtsteig told reporters Thursday. "The man desecrated my church … There were little tiny children there. There were little tiny kids who had to see someone get shot."

Several people who witnessed the shooting came to Ogden's 2nd District Court on Thursday afternoon to see Jennings be sentenced for the crime. But they were met with disappointment when Judge David Hamilton postponed the sentencing, telling a packed courtroom that he wanted more information from the Utah State Hospital.

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