The Latest: Man dies after stabbing attack at church service

The Latest on a deadly stabbing attack during a church service at a Texas home (all times local):

9:25 a.m.

Police say one man has died after he and three others were stabbed during a church service at a private home in Texas.

Corpus Christi police Lt. Chris Hooper says 12 to 20 people were in the home Wednesday night when an apparent member of the congregation pulled a knife and stabbed four men.

Hooper said Thursday that a 61-year-old man has died of his injuries, while the church's 54-year-old pastor is hospitalized in serious condition. Hooper declined to identify the victims.

Police said late Wednesday that a band member and the pastor were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, while the other two men suffered puncture wounds.

Hooper says the suspect, 28-year-old Marco Antonio Moreno, surrendered to congregants. He's being held at the Nueces (nyoo-AY'-sis) County jail on murder and aggravated assault charges. Jail records don't indicate whether he has an attorney.

Hooper says Moreno has an "alcohol- and drug-related history" with police.


12:30 a.m.

Police say four people have been stabbed during a church service at a Texas home and a man is in custody.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that the incident occurred about 7 p.m. Wednesday. Corpus Christi police were called to the home and found the pastor who had been holding the nondenominational service stabbed in the chest.

Lt. Jay Clement told the newspaper that both the pastor and a band member who was also wounded were taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. The newspaper reports that the band member was stabbed in the neck.

Clement said two more people received punctures — one to the hand and another in the arm. He said they were injured trying to get the suspect away from the pastor.

He said it's not clear what led to the stabbing and that the suspect faces aggravated assault charges.


Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times,