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N.H. Man Accused Of Shooting Bishop, Bride During Wedding Seeks Release

David Lane / Union Leader (Pool photo)

The man accused of opening fire during a wedding ceremony inside a Pelham church last year will argue that he should be released pending trial due to concerns over the coronavirus.

Dale Holloway, who will appear in court for a bail hearing Tuesday, is facing attempted murder charges for shooting Bishop Stanley Choate as well as the bride, Claire McCulllen, during a wedding last October inside the New England Pentecostal Ministries.

The groom, Mark Castiglione, was struck in the head with a firearm during the altercation. 

Castiglione is the father of Brandon Castiglione, who was arrested last year and charged with killing Luis Alberto Garcia, a local minister who was Holloway’s step-father.

Holloway is also facing assault charges for attacking his court-appointed attorney inside the Valley Street Jail, causing serious head injuries. 

Holloway’s new legal team requested the bail hearing, citing his lack of legal counsel at a previous court appearance due to the alleged assault.

His lawyers also claim that Holloway, who has asthma, is at a heightened risk for COVID-19 inside the Hillsborough County House of Corrections. 

At a previous hearing, prosecutors called Holloway, who has a series of assault charges on his record dating back 20 years, “an extreme danger to the community.” They oppose his release pending trial. 

The hearing will be held Tuesday at 11am at Hillsborough Superior Court.

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.

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