NM stabbing suspect thought choir leader was Mason

RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press Published:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The Albuquerque man accused of stabbing four churchgoers during Sunday Mass told police he was after the choir leader because he thought the man was a Mason.

According to a criminal complaint, 24-year-old Lawrence Capener said he was going after the choir leader at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church because his "speech was different" and he was 99 percent sure he was a Mason.

He told the investigator that Masons are a group involved "in a conspiracy that is far more reaching than I could or would believe."

Capener says he stabbed others who tried to subdue him because he thought they might be masons, too.

The affidavit says Capener apologized for stabbing the others after he was read his rights and agreed to speak to police.