Court appearance delayed for suspect in priest attacks

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
The Rev. Joseph Terra attended a requiem Mass for his colleague, the Rev. Kenneth Walker Monday just hours before police held a news conference to discuss the arrest they made in the case. By Catherine Holland The Rev. Joseph Terra attended a requiem Mass for his colleague, the Rev. Kenneth Walker Monday just hours before police held a news conference to discuss the arrest they made in the case. By Catherine Holland

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 Monday, but it was delayed.

Gary Michael Moran is held on $1 million bond. He is accused of first-degree murder, burglary, and armed robbery, among other charges. He has not yet entered a plea.

Monday morning's appearance was canceled for unspecified reasons. He is due back in court Thursday.
Authorities say Moran broke into the Mother of Mercy Mission rectory on June 11 and attacked the Rev. Joseph Terra with a metal rod. Police say Moran then wrestled a gun away from Terra, who had retrieved the weapon from his bedroom, and fatally shot the Rev. Kenneth Walker.

Moran was arrested June 15 after police say his DNA matched forensic evidence collected from the crime scene.

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