Alleged church shooter nearing indictment

NASHUA – While the discovery process in the Dale Holloway case remains ongoing, prosecutors told a Superior Court judge last week that the grand jury will hand up indictments this month on the several charges that accuse Holloway of shooting and assaulting people during a church wedding last October.

As it stands now, the charges on which Holloway is expected to be indicted include one count each of attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, felon in possession of a firearm and simple assault.

As for the discovery process – the process through which prosecutors and defense attorneys collect, and share with each other, various evidence in the case – Judge Charles Temple said last week’s dispositional hearing that the process “remains ongoing at this point.”

Assuming the grand jury hands up the indictments this month as scheduled, Temple wrote that a status hearing will take place roughly 60 days later.

Prosecutors have up to 90 days from the date of a defendant’s arrest to hand up indictments. If prosecutors feel they need more time, they can file a motion with the court, which in most cases the judge grants.

Such is the case with Holloway, whose Oct. 12 arrest meant prosecutors had until Jan. 13 to indict him. But in late December, prosecutors asked for a two-week extension, which Temple granted.

Attorney Donna J. Brown, who is representing Holloway, assented to the motion.

According to police reports of the Oct. 12 incident, Holloway entered the New England Pentecostal Church in Pelham shortly after a wedding got underway and allegedly began firing at people.

The most seriously injured was Bishop Stanley Choate, the longtime church leader who was performing the wedding ceremony. He was shot in the chest, and underwent a series of surgeries at a Boston hospital.

Also shot was the bride, Claire McMullen, 60, who sustained a gunshot wound to the arm. She was treated at a local hospital and later released.

The groom, Mark Castiglione, also 60, suffered relatively minor injuries when Holloway allegedly struck him in the head with the handgun, according to authorities.

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256, or at dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com.