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Gary Michael Moran (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX -- A court hearing has been canceled 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 Monday morning. The appearance was canceled for unspecified reasons. He is due back in court Thursday.

Authorities said Moran broke into the Mother of Mercy Mission rectory near 15th Avenue and Monroe Street on June 11 and attacked the Rev. Joseph Terra with a metal rod. In court documents, 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 said his DNA matched forensic evidence collected from the crime scene.

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