New York, Nov.26 : A Keralite who was accused of killing his estranged wife and another man inside a New Jersey church has confessed to the shooting rampage.
Confirming the report, Walton County Assistant District Attorney Eric Crawford said 27-year-old Joseph Pallipurath gave a videotaped confession on Tuesday, hours after he was arrested at a motel 40 miles east of Atlanta.
Crawford says Pallipurath told investigators he would have killed everyone in the church if he'd had a machine gun.
According to CBS News, Pallipurath told authorities he was unhappy that church members were blocking his attempts to contact his wife, who had left him three months ago.
Pallipurath will soon return to New Jersey after waiving his right to extradition in Georgia, where he was arrested Monday night at a motel.
He is suspected of shooting and killing his wife, 24-year-old Reshma James, inside the St. Thomas Syrian Orthodox Knanaya Church in Clifton, a suburb about 15 miles west of Manhattan. He also killed was Dennis John Mallosseril, who maintained the church's Web site because he tried to intervene and break up the rampage.
A third person, James' 47-year-old cousin, Silvy Perincheril, was shot in the head and remains hospitalized in critical condition.
James had taken out a restraining order against Pallipurath, prosecutors said.
Georgia authorities have said they would arrange his return to New Jersey within the next 10 days.