Suspect's motivation unknown in Father's Day shooting at Catholic church

Jun 20 2013 - 11:35pm

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Charles Richard Jennings, Jr. appears for a hearing Thursday at Second District Court in Ogden. Jennings has admitted to shooting his father-in-law on Father's Day at  St. James the Just Catholic Church in Ogden.

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Charles Richard Jennings, Jr. appears for a hearing Thursday at Second District Court in Ogden. Jennings has admitted to shooting his father-in-law on Father's Day at  St. James the Just Catholic Church in Ogden.

 (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Charles Richard Jennings, Jr. appears for a hearing Thursday at Second District Court in Ogden. Jennings has admitted to shooting his father-in-law on Father's Day at  St. James the Just Catholic Church in Ogden.

 (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Charles Richard Jennings, Jr. appears for a hearing Thursday at Second District Court in Ogden. Jennings has admitted to shooting his father-in-law on Father's Day at  St. James the Just Catholic Church in Ogden.

 (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Charles Richard Jennings, Jr. appears for a hearing Thursday at Second District Court in Ogden. Jennings has admitted to shooting his father-in-law on Father's Day at  St. James the Just Catholic Church in Ogden.

 (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Charles Richard Jennings, Jr. appears for a hearing Thursday at Second District Court in Ogden. Jennings has admitted to shooting his father-in-law on Father's Day at  St. James the Just Catholic Church in Ogden.

 (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)

OGDEN -- Still no public hint of the motivation for the man accused of shooting his father-in-law in church on Father's Day.

At a hearing Thursday for Charles Richard "Ricky" Jennings Jr., no new details were divulged as his attorney asked for more time to prepare to argue for a reduction in Jennings' $105,000 bail. 

A hearing on the question was set for July 22 by 2nd District Judge Michael Lyon. 

The prosecution wants to revoke bail.

Possibly a dozen people were on hand, apparently in support of Jennings, waiting in court for two hours for his case to be called. Identifying themselves as friends and relatives, including his mother, they left as a group but declined any comment to assembled media.

Deputy Weber County Attorney Dean Saunders, who filed the charges against Jennings, said the suspect has indicated nothing to police as to motivation.

"He's made no claims about the victim doing anything inappropriate," he said.

Police and parishioners say Jennings, 35, walked into St. James the Just Catholic Church on Sunday right after Mass began, put a gun to the back of James Evans' head and fired a single shot.

The bullet broke 66-year-old Evans' jaw. Initially listed in critical condition, he has been upgraded to fair and transferred out of intensive care at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.

Jennings fled the church and stole a truck, which ran out of gas in Box Elder County, where he was apprehended. He has admitted to the shooting to police, according to charging documents.

He is charged with attempted murder and two counts each of aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, all first-degree felonies, plus possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony.

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