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Manchester Man Accused of Church Shooting Arraigned For Allegedly Assaulting Attorney

Photo of courtroom with defendant on video conference
David Lane/Union Leader (Pool Photo)

A Manchester man accused of shooting two people during a wedding ceremony earlier this month was arraigned Tuesday on an additional charge after allegedly assaulting his attorney. 

Dale Holloway, 37, appeared in a Manchester courtroom where he pleaded not guilty to first degree assault, which carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. 

According to prosecutors, Holloway assaulted his attorney during a meeting inside the Valley Street Jail on Monday morning. The attorney, a court appointed public defender, suffered a serious head injury as well as a broken nose, according to state officials. 

Holloway is accused of attempted murder for his role in a shooting inside the New England Pentecostal Ministries in Pelham on Oct. 12. Bishop Stanley Choate suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, while the bride, Claire McCulllen, 60, was shot in the arm. The groom, Mark Castiglione, 60, was struck in the head with a firearm during the altercation. 

While prosecutors haven’t released a motive for the church shooting, Castiglione is the father of Brandon Castiglione, 24, who was arrested earlier this month and charged with killing Luis Alberto Garcia, a local minister who was Holloway’s step-father.

Holloway appeared at Tuesday’s arraignment via video conference. He wasn’t represented by an attorney. 

Assistant County Attorney Brian Greklek-McKeon told the judge Holloway is “an extreme danger to the community,” and should be held without bail.

Along with the alleged assault and attempted murder charges stemming from the church shooting, Greklek-McKeon told the court that Holloway was found guilty on at least four previous assault charges dating back to 2000.

Holloway countered that since his most recent release from prison in December 2018, he had been a law abiding citizen. That was, until the death of two relatives, including his step-father, Garcia.

“I’m normal, I’m perfectly fine, before all this stress happened,” Holloway told Judge Amy Messer, who promptly cut him off, reminding him that whatever he said could be used against him during trial. 

Judge Messer denied Holloway’s request for bail, and ordered he be held at the Valley Street Jail pending trial.

A previously scheduled hearing on charges related to the church shooting scheduled for Monday afternoon was cancelled following the alleged assault of Holloway’s counsel.

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University. He can be reached at tbookman@nhpr.org.
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