Man ac­cused of punch­ing auxiliary bishop pleads not guilty

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

NE­WARK, N.J. — A man ac­cused of punch­ing an auxiliary bishop dur­ing a week­end Mass in New Jer­sey has pleaded not guilty to as­sault. Charles Miller en­tered the plea dur­ing a brief court ap­pear­ance Tues­day. He iden­ti­fied him­self as a rev­erend and said the bi­ble should be con­sid­ered ev­i­dence. Es­sex County au­thor­i­ties say the 48-year-old Ne­wark res­i­dent punched the Rev. Manuel Cruz in the mouth Satur­day at Cathe­dral Basil­ica of the Sa­cred Heart in Ne­wark. The in­ci­dent oc­curred dur­ing a ser­vice honour­ing the late base­ball Hall of Famer Roberto Cle­mente. Au­thor­i­ties say Miller got up from a pew, went to the al­tar and punched Cruz, knock­ing him down. The bishop needed sev­eral stitches at a hos­pi­tal for a mouth in­jury.

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