The Ottumwa Courier

June 18, 2013

Utah church shooter charged with attempted murder

Associated Press

---- — OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A Utah man charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his father-in-law during a Father's Day Mass has made his first court appearance.

The 35-year-old Charles "Ricky" Jennings Jr. made a brief video appearance Tuesday in Ogden. Bail was set at $105,000, cash-only.

He has been charged with attempted murder, two counts each of aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm by a restricted person.

Police say Jennings fired one shot at the back of the head of 66-year-old James Evans during a Catholic Mass in Ogden Sunday. Jennings had walked into the church seconds earlier holding hands with his wife, the daughter of Evans.

Jennings fled the church, stole a truck from a neighbor and was later caught near a highway after the truck ran out of gas.

Evans is in critical condition but expected to survive.