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Judge Denies Bail Request For N.H. Man Accused Of Wedding Shooting

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

The man accused of opening fire at a wedding last October in Pelham, New Hampshire will remain in jail pending trial.

Dale Holloway appeared in court Tuesday via videoconference from Hillsborough County House of Corrections, where he is being held on attempted murder charges, as well as for the alleged assault of his first court appointed attorney.

[You can read NHPR's previous coverage of this story here.]

His new attorneys argued that he should be released pending trial. They cited Holloway’s asthma and use of an inhaler as putting him at greater risk of complications from COVID-19. 

However, Judge Charles Temple denied that request, telling Holloway that he provided no evidence that there was an immediate risk of contagion inside his wing of the House of Corrections. Temple also noted Holloway’s twenty-year long criminal record, and that he was on parole at the time of the shooting, calling him “a danger to himself and the community.”

Holloway is accused of opening fire inside New England Pentecostal Ministries, shooting Bishop Stanley Choate as well as the bride, Claire McCulllen, during a wedding ceremony. 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 first-degree assault charges for attacking his court-appointed attorney inside the Valley Street Jail, causing serious head injuries.

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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