Suspect In NM Church Stabbing Attack Indicted

May 14, 2013

A 24-year-old man accused of stabbing three people in an Albuquerque Catholic church has been indicted.

The Bernalillo County District Attorney's office said Tuesday that a grand jury has indicted Lawrence Capener on a number of charges, including attempted murder.

Police say Capener stabbed three people on April 28 because he thought a choir leader was a Mason. He was initially charged with aggravated battery and was ordered held on $250,000 bail.

If convicted, Capener could face up to nine years in prison.

Authorities say Capener told police that he also tagged the Sandoval No. 76 Masonic Lodge in Rio Rancho with spray paint before the attack at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church at the end of Sunday Mass services.

Court records do not list an attorney for Capener.

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