Trial set for man accused of killing priest in Phoenix

Gary Moran
Gary Moran
PHOENIX (AP) - A trial date has been set for a homeless ex-convict charged with beating a Catholic priest with a metal rod and fatally shooting another clergyman during a burglary at a Phoenix church.

Gary Michael Moran's trial is set for August 2016.

Moran has pleaded not guilty to charges that he badly beat the Rev. Joseph Terra and fatally shot the Rev. Kenneth Walker in the attack nearly a year ago at the Mother of Mercy Mission.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Moran was arrested four days after the attack.

Authorities say Moran acknowledged his involvement in the crime, though he initially he didn't remember what happened.

He was sentenced to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty in 2001 to misconduct involving weapons.

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