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Accused Phoenix priest killer formally charged

Gary Michael Moran (MCSO Photo)

PHOENIX -- A homeless ex-convict has been formally charged with beating a Catholic priest with a metal rod and fatally shooting another clergyman two weeks ago during a burglary at a Phoenix church.

A grand jury indictment released Friday charges 54-year-old Gary Michael Moran with murder, aggravated assault, burglary, armed robbery and other crimes in the June 11 attack at the Mother of Mercy Mission.

Moran is accused of badly beating the Rev. Joseph Terra and fatally shooting the Rev. Kenneth Walker before he fled in Walker's car.

Moran was arrested four days later.

Authorities said Moran acknowledged his involvement in the crime.

His attorney, Bobbi Falduto, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Friday morning.

Moran is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

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