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Moran pleads not guilty in attacks on Phoenix priests

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Gary Moran. (Source: CBS 5 News) Gary Moran. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Gary Moran pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in the shooting death of a Phoenix priest.

Moran entered his plea in Maricopa County Superior Court on Thursday morning. His next scheduled court appearance is Sept. 2.

Moran, 54, is being held on $1 million bond, charged with first-degree murder, burglary, armed robbery and other charges.

Police said Moran shot the Rev. Kenneth Walker multiple times with a gun he took away from the Rev. Joseph Terra after he beat Terra with a metal bar in the rectory of Mother of Mercy Mission Catholic Church in south Phoenix on June 11.

Moran was arrested June 15 after police matched his DNA with forensic evidence collected from the crime scene.

Moran was sent to the Arizona Department of Corrections prison in Tucson on Feb. 8, 2005, on burglary and assault charges, and was released on supervised parole April 24.

He served five years for a previous burglary in which he stabbed a homeowner who was home at the time.

He also has a 1989 conviction for felony burglary, and pleaded guilty to a weapons charge in 2000.

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