Father Kenneth Walker, 28, was shot to death, and a second priest, Joseph Terra, was critically injured.
Moran was arrested Sunday night at a Phoenix halfway house and charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and other crimes. Since his release from prison in April, he had been drifting between a homeless shelter and living on the streets, Garcia said.
“He immediately went back to business,” Garcia said, adding that Moran’s criminal history included a 2005 burglary where he threatened a homeowner with a knife.
Garcia said that a “silent witness” and expedited DNA evidence analysis led to Moran's speedy arrest.
During the interrogation, Moran didn’t discuss the details of the alleged murder, Garcia said. But before he invoked his right to remain silent, Garcia added, Moran “made admissions” about the struggle.
Walker was ordained in 2012, and a colleague at the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter described him as “young” and “outgoing.” He had only recently come to Phoenix, said Mayor Greg Stanton at the news conference.