Man accused in priest stabbing set for trial

| August 17, 2009

SINTON — A man accused of stabbing a priest May 8 after they both had celebrated Mass is set to go to trial Aug. 24, according to District Attorney Patrick Flanigan’s office.

David Rodriguez, 36, was indicted by a San Patricio grand jury in July 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 while standing in the side doorway of the sanctuary of 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 since, on bonds totaling $350,000.



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