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Man Attacks Public Defender During Hearing for Church Shooting

— November 6, 2019

Man accused of church shooting will face additional charges for beating a public defender.

37-year-old Dale Holloway is accused of beating public defender Michael Davidow during a jailhouse meeting this month at the Hillsborough County Jail over a church shooting in which Holloway is allegedly connected.  Davidow is in intensive care after the alleged attack, having suffered a head injury.  Court documents indicate he endured a stroke due to bleeding around the brain, a broken nose, and other unspecified injuries.

The assault allegedly occurred when Davidow was meeting with Holloway following the client being charged in a church shooting which injured a pastor and bride.  “Davidow was left alone in the interview room with Holloway for about 20 minutes,” according to an arrest affidavit, which also stated, “The officer told police that he was facing away from the room and focusing on the cell block area during the meeting.  He said he expected Davidow to signal that the meeting was over by flickering the lights or tapping the glass…The officer said he turned his attention to the room when he heard a knock on the glass and saw Holloway walking away from it.  Davidow was sitting at the table covered in blood.”

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Davidow told officers he “put his phone and car keys in a jail locker before the meeting and his next memory is waking up in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.”  He has been charged with first-degree assault in addition to the previous charges.  He claimed not to have committed the crime and even stated he tried to help Davidow once he realized the attorney has injured.

The public defender’s office was withdrawn from the case, and it is not clear whether Holloway has hired alternative representation for either the jailhouse assault charge or the alleged church shooting.

In the church shooting, Holloway is facing charges of attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, simple assault, and having possession and control of a firearm as a convicted felon.  He reportedly entered the New England Pentecostal Ministries in Pelham, firing at the pastor and a bride during a wedding and pistol-whipping the groom.  Stanley Choate, 75, the bishop, was shot in the chest. Claire McMullen, 60, was shot in the arm.

“The bishop turned around to face him to see what was going on and this guy shot him point blank right in the chest,” the father of the groom said of what he witnessed at the church.  Angelo Castiglione explained he was sitting in the front pew when he saw the shooter run up.  He continued, “Before you know it the guy pulled out a gun and aimed it right at the bishop.  Shot him twice.  And aimed toward my son and his wife, shot again and she got a bullet through the arm.”

The groom is the father of a man charged with killing a church pastor in Londonderry as well, and Holloway is the stepson of the deceased pastor, 60-year-old Luis Garcia, which is likely the motive for the attack.  Brandon Castiglione, 24, has been charged with Garcia murder.  He is currently awaiting bail.  Police are investigating other motives for the most recently shooting.


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