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Court appearance for suspect in priest attacks delayed

PHOENIX -- A court appearance was pushed back two weeks 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 originally scheduled for court Thursday morning.

A motion to continue was granted and the court date is now scheduled for July 17.

Authorities say Moran attacked the Rev. Joseph Terra with a metal rod at the Mother of Mercy Mission on June 11. Police say he then wrestled a handgun away from Terra and 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.

The KTAR Newsroom contributed to this report.

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