Grand jury indicts man in stabbing of priest

| July 18, 2009

CORPUS CHRISTI — A man accused of stabbing a priest May 8 after they both had celebrated Mass has been indicted, according to District Attorney Patrick Flanigan’s office.

David Rodriguez, 36, was indicted by a San Patricio grand jury this week on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge related to an attack on Father Shaji Varghese. The second-degree felony is punishable by as many as 20 years in prison and as much as a $10,000 fine.

Varghese was stabbed nearly a dozen times at about 7:40 a.m. while standing in the side doorway of the sanctuary Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton.

Rodriguez was arrested less than an hour after the stabbing and has remained in the San Patricio County Jail ever since, on bonds totaling $350,000.

Rodriguez’s trial date will be set later this month, according to the district attorney’s office.

Varghese spent time recuperating in India before celebrating his first Mass since the attack on July 4.


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