9:52 am EDT, Thursday, July 23, 2020
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A judge has denied a coronavirus-related bail release request for a man accused of shooting a New Hampshire church pastor and bride during a wedding and later attacking his own lawyer.
Dale Holloway said Wednesday he’s concerned for his health, WMUR-TV reported. He asked a judge to release him on bail pending his trial on the first-degree assault case involving the lawyer.
“I know this is a life-or-death situation with the coronavirus,” Holloway said. “I have asthma, which is a chronic disease. I’m vulnerable to this disease if I catch it. I’m likely to die.”
Holloway faces charges of attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault and being a convicted felon with a firearm stemming from the Oct. 12 shootings at a Pelham church. He’s pleaded not guilty. A few days later, he was accused of striking his public defender in the face and head, causing the lawyer to suffer a hemorrhage. The two were meeting in a jail interview room in Manchester.
“To my knowledge, there are no weapons involved, and the alleged victim does not recall me being the attacker causing him any injuries,” Holloway said. “Therefore, there is no sufficient evidence to support the complaint for that very reason alone. It should warrant a dismissal of the indictments.”
Judge Diane Nicolosi said that while there are challenges being behind bars during a pandemic, Holloway should continue to be held without bail based on his record and the seriousness of the alleged crime.
In April, Holloway was denied a request to be released to house arrest due to coronavirus concerns.