Man Who Killed Minister in Arizona Church Was Freed from Prison 2 Months Ago

The Rev. Kenneth Walker (l.) and the Rev. Joseph Terra perform a mass in Phoenix. Mr. Walker was killed and Mr. Terra was critically injured during a robbery attempt at Mother of Mercy Mission church on Wednesday. (The Catholic Sun/AP)
The Rev. Kenneth Walker (l.) and the Rev. Joseph Terra perform a mass in Phoenix. Mr. Walker was killed and Mr. Terra was critically injured during a robbery attempt at Mother of Mercy Mission church on Wednesday. (The Catholic Sun/AP)

On Sunday evening, police arrested ex-convict Gary Michael Moran in connection with the Phoenix church attack last week that left one priest dead and another critically injured.

Mr. Moran is being held under suspicion of armed robbery, burglary, and first-degree murder, among other charges.

Police had said on Thursday that a lack of eyewitness accounts and physical evidence was hampering their investigation. Forensic evidence collected from the crime scene, however, led investigators to Moran, who had been released from prison on Apr. 24 after serving more than 85 percent of a 10-year sentence.

“The Phoenix Police Department’s Crime lab in partnership with the Department of Public Safety Crime lab were able to forensically link this suspect to evidence left at the scene,” according to the Phoenix Police Department Twitter feed Monday.

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SOURCE: Gram Slattery 
Christian Science Monitor

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