Pelham church shooting suspect held in alleged attack on lawyer

Holloway was already held on charges in relation to Pelham shooting

Dale Holloway appeared for arraignment via video conference in Hillsborough County Superior Court Tuesday.

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A man already held on charges of opening fire in a Pelham church was ordered held in preventative detention on a new charge of assaulting his public defender.

Dale Holloway, 37, was arraigned via video conference in Hillsborough Superior Court North on Tuesday afternoon and charged with first-degree assault in relation to the alleged attack.

The defendant met with his attorney, Michael Davidow, Monday morning at the Hillsborough County House of Corrections in Manchester. Typically, attorneys meet with clients in an interview room, then flicker the lights or knock on the window to alert a correctional officer that the meeting is finished, Assistant County Attorney Brian Greklek-McKeon said during the arraignment Tuesday.

Dale Holloway gets arraigned by video at Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester on Oct. 22, 2019. At right is prosecutor Brian Greklek-McKeon. DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER via pool

Around 9:30 a.m. — about 20 minutes into the meeting — a correctional officer stationed outside the interview room reported hearing a knock on the window, then seeing Davidow seated at the table with his hands over his face and blood dripping onto the floor, according to an affidavit viewed in court.

Davidow was treated for a “serious head injury” in the intensive-care unit at an area hospital, according to court documents. He suffered a broken nasal cavity, laceration of his lip, and various hemorrhages and contusions, said Greklek-McKeon, who later added that he is expected to recover.

The injured attorney told a detective he doesn’t remember the alleged attack. He said he and Holloway did not get along, and that Holloway did not want Davidow to be his lawyer.

At the time, Davidow was representing Holloway on charges in relation to a Pelham shooting that occurred Oct. 12. He is accused of shooting a bride, 60-year-old Claire McMullen, and 75-year-old Bishop Stanley Choate, and striking a groom, 60-year-old Mark Castiglione, with a gun during a wedding ceremony. All are recovering.

Dale Holloway gets arraigned by video at Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester on Oct. 22, 2019. DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER via pool

In that case, Holloway faces charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault, purposely and knowingly causing bodily injury by means of a deadly weapon, illegal possession of a firearm, second-degree assault and simple assault.

The New Hampshire public defenders office filed a motion to withdraw from the case after the alleged assault Monday, which was granted, Greklek-McKeon said.

Holloway chose to represent himself during arraignment Tuesday.

Greklek-McKeon requested that Holloway be held in preventative detention. He cited Holloway’s long criminal history, including but not limited to convictions for assault and battery in 2017, assault and battery and disrupting court proceedings in 2007, and armed assault to murder in 2003.

Holloway was most recently released from prison in December 2018.

Judge Amy Messer arraigns Dale Holloway by video at Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester on Oct. 22, 2019. DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER via pool

“The defendant’s criminal history is comprised almost entirely of acts of violence…” Greklek-McKeon said. “Even while preventatively detained, even while incarcerated at the jail, in a secure environment, he is continuing to commit acts of extreme violence.”

“I am not a threat or a danger to society,” Holloway said during arraignment. He appeared on a television at the house of correction, dressed in a green suicide-prevention jacket. He claimed he was in fear for his life Monday the day of the alleged attack on the lawyer.

“I did not strike this guy,” Holloway said, arguing that he flicked the lights in the interview room twice, and was attempting to help because Davidow’s nose was bleeding.

Judge Amy Messer ordered Holloway held in preventative detention. Holloway will be assigned an attorney at a later date.