Jul 3, 2014 4:07 PM by Associated Press

Hearing delayed for suspect in priest attacks

PHOENIX (AP) - An arraignment has been delayed for a homeless ex-convict who police say beat a priest with a metal rod and fatally shot another clergyman in their Phoenix church.

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. A new hearing is set for July 17.

Authorities say Moran attacked the Rev. Joseph Terra at the Mother of Mercy Mission on June 11. Police say he then 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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