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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. 

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We talk to religious leaders, educators, and the director of a new civil rights unit at the N.H. Dept. of Justice about the killings this weekend at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead and several wounded, including four police officers. This latest mass shooting occurs amid an apparent surge in hate-related speech and crimes in this country, as well as calls for political unity. 

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Last month, members of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas experienced the deadliest church shooting in recent history. Twenty-six people were killed.

Now the New Hampshire Council of Churches is sponsoring a training event tomorrow in Nashua on how congregations should respond to an active shooter.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Rev. Jason Wells, the executive director of the council.

(Editor's note: this transcript has been edited lightly for clarity.)