Arraignment of suspect in priest attacks delayed


by The Associated Press

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 2:12 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- A homeless ex-convict who police say beat a priest with a metal rod and fatally shot another clergyman in their Phoenix church was set for a court appearance Thursday, but it has been delayed for two weeks.

Gary Michael Moran is held on $1 million bond. He is charged with first-degree murder, burglary and armed robbery, among other charges. He has not yet entered a plea and was set to appear in court Thursday morning.

A spokeswoman for the Superior Court of Arizona said a motion for continuance was filed, but she did not elaborate on the reason given.

The judge granted the motion, continuing the arraignment to Thursday, July 17.

Authorities say Moran attacked the Rev. Joseph Terra with a metal rod at the Mother of Mercy Mission on June 11. Police say he then wrestled a handgun away from Terra and fatally shot the Rev. Kenneth Walker.

Moran was arrested June 15 after police say his DNA matched forensic evidence collected from the scene. He was formally charged on June 27.

Although he has yet to enter a plea, police say Moran admitted to investigators that he was involved in the crime.

He had spent time in prison for previous weapons violations and burglary convictions.

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