Suspect in priest attacks set for court appearance

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

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 for court Thursday morning.

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

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