Tuesday, June 17, 2014

UPDATE: Phoenix priest's killer suspect arrested
Violent career criminal released from prison six weeks ago

By Mary Ann Mueller
VOL Special Correspondent
June 17, 2014

PHOENIX, AZ --- In a Monday news conference, Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia described Gary Michael Moran, the suspect arrested in the killing of one Catholic priest and bludgeoning another, as "a career criminal ... a violent felony offender" who perpetrated "a vicious, tragic and horrifying offense" against the two priests at Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy), a Roman Catholic Tridentine mission.

The homeless Moran, 54, was released on April 24 from prison under supervised parole. He was serving a 10-year sentence for his conviction in an aggravated assault with a knife during a 2005 burglary of a home. Falling under Arizona's 85% Rule, he served most of his sentence before being released by the Arizona Department of Corrections.

While in prison, Moran was not a model prisoner. He worked in the prison laundry, was also a janitor and a porter, earning thirty-five cents a day. Prison records show he was disciplined 14 times for failing to follow prison rules and regulations including contraband drug activity. Court documents list him as an addict.

Moran's arrest Sunday night came in connection with last week's (June 11) killing of Fr. Kenneth Walker and the brutal beating of his rectory mate, Fr. Joseph Terra. Both priests are members of The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Petri), an international traditional religious order which exclusively celebrates the Latin Tridentine Mass.

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