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Indian charged with church killings attempts suicide

world Updated: Jan 14, 2009 18:43 IST

An Indian charged with killing his estranged wife and another compatriot in a church shooting, attempted to commit suicide in jail.

Joseph Pallipurath, who allegedly shot his 24-year-old wife Reshma James inside St Thomas Syrian Orthodox Knanaya Church in a New Jersey suburb on Nov 23 last year, tried to commit suicide yesterday by overdosing on drugs, the local Star-Ledger Continuous news Desk quoted Passaic County Sheriff's Department spokesman as saying.

The spokesman said that Pallipurath had been hoarding medications and took a combination of prescription and nonprescription drugs including aspirin.

But, the suicide attempt failed as jail officers monitoring him noticed him vomiting and rushed him to hospital.

His condition was reported to be stable later.

Pallipurath, a native of Kerala, had in a videotaped confession admitted to shooting his wife and another person after she spurned his offer to return home.

He had driven across US from California to New Jersey to persuade Reshma, who wanted to end the "abusive marriage" to return to him and then shot her when she spurned him.

Pallipurath also killed a man who came to his wife's aid and critically wounded his wife's cousin, Silvy Perincheril (47).

The couple was married in 2007 in India and moved to Sacramento in January 2008.