EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – An attorney for a man accused of gunning down an Illinois pastor and wounding two churchgoers with a knife entered a not guilty plea for his client in court.
Ronald Slemer entered the plea Tuesday on behalf of Terry Sedlacek. Slemer also asked for a jury trial.
Sedlacek is charged with murder and aggravated battery in Sunday's attack at the First Baptist Church in Maryville.
Authorities say Sedlacek killed Rev. Fred Winters during an early service as about 150 congregants watched in horror. Sedlacek received knife wounds while being subdued by two church members who were also injured.
Both Sedlacek and one of the men who subdued him remain hospitalized.