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Holloway, suspect in 2019 Pelham church shooting, due in Nashua court Tuesday for hearing on several motions

By Dean Shalhoup - Senior Staff Writer | Oct 4, 2021

File photo by JEFFREY HASTINGS Dale Holloway Jr., shown entering court for a sentencing hearing in his Manchester case, is due in Nashua court Tuesday for a hearing on several pending motions related to the charges stemming from a Pelham church shooting in 2019. (File photo by JEFFREY HASTINGS)

NASHUA — Although his jury trial on charges stemming from the shooting nearly two years ago during a church wedding in Pelham has been pushed out to February, Dale E. Holloway Jr. is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Hillsborough County Superior Court South for a hearing on recent pending motions.

Holloway, 38, faces seven charges, according to his case summary, ranging from attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault with a deadly weapon to second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a dangerous weapon.

The charges accuse him of entering the New England Pentecostal Church in Pelham during a wedding ceremony, brandishing a handgun and shooting and seriously wounding the bishop performing the ceremony.

He also allegedly shot the bride, who was less seriously injured, and struck the groom in the head before wedding guests “gang tackled” Holloway and held him down until police arrived.

A second case against Holloway, separate from the Pelham case, culminated in May in Hillsborough County Superior Court North when Holloway, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, was sentenced to 7 1/2 to 15 years in New Hampshire State Prison.

The charges stem from the violent attack by Holloway on Attorney Michael Davidow, his public defender, during their meeting at Valley Street jail last year.

Judge Diane Nicolosi, who described Holloway as “a very complicated man” in her sentencing remarks, agreed to a request by Holloway’s stand-by lawyer, Brian Lee — Holloway chose to proceed pro se in the case — to credit Holloway with the 584 days he’d already spent in jail, which brought the minimum portion of the sentence to roughly 5 years.

As for the Pelham case, Holloway’s updated case summary shows that jury selection, initially scheduled for Jan. 24, was cancelled, as was his trial, which would have got underway the next day.

It shows that after Tuesday’s hearing, Holloway is next scheduled to appear in the Nashua court on Jan. 28 for a trial management conference.

Jury selection is now tentatively set for Feb. 7, with the trial to get underway Feb. 8. The parties estimate the trial to run as long as eight days — Feb. 8-11 and Feb. 14-17, according to the case summary.

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


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