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No hearing for accused killer in World Changers church shooting

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The man accused of a deadly shooting inside a south Fulton megachurch once again waived his court appearance on Friday.

Floyd Palmer, 51, is facing four charges -- homicide murder, felony murder, aggravated assault murder, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He is accused of shooting and killing of volunteer prayer leader Gregory McDowell at World Changers International Church on Wednesday morning.

Palmer waived his first appearance on Thursday. He had a change of heart and his hearing was reset for Friday. The judge was not pleased at Palmer waiving his appearance again, and said he would not allow another change.

McDowell had worked for the church for at least 10 years in the production and distribution department. Palmer was also a longtime church employee.

Police have not release a motive in the shooting.

Jerome McDowell, the victim's uncle, said that the shooting has been difficult for the family.

"Mr. McDowell's wife, children, parent and family are doing about as well as can be expected considering the ordeal. We ask you to continue to pray for us throughout the days ahead. We certainly do greatly appreciate your consideration and love,' said Jerome McDowell.

Gregory McDowell leaves behind a wife and two sons, aged 4 and 7. The family has set up an account for donations at Regions bank.

Funeral services are still incomplete.

FOX 5 has learned that this isn't the first time Palmer has been accused of shooting in a religious institution. Police in Baltimore say that in 2001, Palmer was a security guard for a mosque when he allegedly shot another guard at the mosque in the back.

According to Detective Jeremy Silbert of the Baltimore Police Department, Reuben Ash, 26, was shot in the back in that incident. Investigators believe that Palmer attempted to continued firing but the gun jammed.

Court records show Palmer was committed to a mental health facility for psychiatric care after pleading not criminally responsible to lesser charges in 2004. Records show he was released the following year.

Palmer is being held in the Fulton County Jail. His next court appearance is set for November 9.

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