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Nevada Man Accused In Mormon Church Killing Appears In Court

FALLON, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada man accused of fatally shooting a fellow member of his Mormon congregation during Sunday services has made his first court appearance after being indicted on murder, battery and assault charges.

Defendant John O'Connor is charged with killing 61-year-old Charles E. "Bert" Miller, a longtime volunteer firefighter, and with battery with a deadly weapon in the shooting of Miller's 64-year-old brother.

He faces a third count of assault with a deadly weapon after authorities said he pointed a gun at another man.

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Authorities say they have not determined a motive for the attack.

The Lahontan Valley News reports that the 48-year-old O'Connor showed no emotion Wednesday when Judge Michael Richards read the three-page indictment in court in Fallon.

O'Connor asked for a pair of reading glasses to review the court documents. He was appointed a public defender but didn't enter a plea.