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Man Charged With Attempted Murder For Pelham Church Shooting Awaits Bail Hearing

Sarah Gibson for NHPR


A Manchester man charged with attempted murder at a Pelham church waived his right to appear before a judge Tuesday and is being held without bail in the Hillsborough County jail.

Dale Holloway, 37, is facing charges for allegedly shooting Bishop Stanley Choate as Choate was officiating a wedding. A second bullet grazed the bride, who was not seriously injured. 

The Attorney General's office says Bishop Choate is in stable condition but hasn't yet been released from the hospital.

Holloway is facing charges of attempted murder, first and second degree assault, and possessing a firearm in spite of having a felony record from several serious convictions in Massachusetts over a decade ago.

On Tuesday, Senior Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati confirmed that Holloway's stepfather, Luis "Kiko" Alberto Garcia, a minister at that same Pelham church, had recently been shot and killed. And the groom at Saturday's wedding was the father of Brandon Castiglione, the man charged with shooting Holloway's stepfather.

But Agati says Holloway's motives are still unclear.

“I don't think I'm comfortable saying that necessarily it is just a revenge shooting at this point," Agati said. "We're still investigating other aspects of this.”

Holloway will appear in court for an evidentiary bail hearing next Tuesday.


Sarah Gibson joined NHPR's newsroom in 2018. She reports on education and demographics.
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