Phoenix - A homeless man charged with the murder of one priest and assault on another in Phoenix was apprehended after a homeless woman told police he had confessed to her before checking into an emergency psychiatric facility, police said on Tuesday.
Gary Michael Moran, 54, has been linked by DNA to the crime scene at the Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission Catholic church, police said. He has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and theft.
Moran is a convicted felon and violent burglar who was freed from prison less than two months ago, police said.
“He approached this homeless woman on Saturday, a transient female, and indicated some involvement and handed her some property from the church. She then came to us,” Phoenix Police Department Sergeant Steve Martos said.
“We caught him the next morning after he checked himself into a UPC (Urgent Psychiatric Care Centre).”