Accused Ga. gunman charged in '01 mosque shooting


by Laura Matovina

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A man charged in a fatal shooting at a Georgia megachurch said in court documents 10 years ago that he shot a man at a Baltimore mosque because he believed an NFL player was out to get him.

In a psychological evaluation, Palmer said the 2001 mosque shooting occurred because he believed the victim and members of his own family were being paid by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis to "get rid of him."

Palmer said his cousin and another man were killed after the 2000 Super Bowl. Lewis was charged in those stabbing deaths but he was exonerated.

Palmer was committed to a Maryland psychiatric hospital after being found not criminally responsible for the mosque shooting. A judge released him in 2006, despite objections from prosecutors.