$1M bond set for suspect in slaying of Phoenix priest

| June 16, 2014

PHOENIX (CBS5) – Bond was set at $1 million for a 54-year-old ex-convict arrested in the shooting death of a 28-year-old Phoenix priest.

Phoenix police confirmed Gary Moran, a homeless man with an extensive criminal record, was arrested Sunday night and jailed on suspicion of shooting the Rev. Kenneth Walker multiple times at Mother of Mercy Mission Catholic Church in south Phoenix on June 11.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos wrote on the police department's Twitter feed Monday morning that the arrest had been made.

According to the police report, authorities were called to Mother of Mary Mission at 1537 W. Monroe St. for a report of an unknown man who broke into the rectory.

Rev. Joseph Terra heard a noise and opened the kitchen door that led to the enclosed courtyard, the police report states. The suspect struck Terra several times in the head with an angle iron while in the kitchen. Terra told police he went to his room and got a gun from the nightstand next to his bed. Terra said he was not able to shoot the suspect because of injuries to his hand. Terra said there was a struggle and the suspect made him get down and give him money. Terra said he blacked out and does not remember calling 911. The next thing he remembered was administering last rites to Walker, according to the police report.

When police arrived, Walker, 28, was found with several gunshot wounds in the rectory of the church in the area of the Arizona Capitol building. Terra was found severely beaten.

Walker's Mazda SUV was stolen from the church and found approximately five blocks away the night of the crime, police said.

Police said the results of the DNA from the window screen, angle iron that was found in Walker's vehicle and stains inside the driver's door belonged to Moran.



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