ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Lawrence Capener appeared before a judge Thursday asking that his bond be lowered so he can get out of jail, or that he be allowed out on GPS monitor.
But two of the men he allegedly stabbed last April also faced the judge and convinced her otherwise.
They say they fear Capener would finish the job if given the opportunity.
Attorneys for Capener say his time locked up has not been easy. He’s been in MDC since he allegedly stabbed three people at St. Jude Thaddeus Church in northwest Albuquerque.
Witnesses say Capener’s target appeared to be choir director Adam Alvarez, who he believed to be a free mason.
Gerald Madrid and Albuquerque firefighter Greg Aragon were also attacked.
In court Thursday, Capener’s attorneys fought to have his $250,000 bond reduced or get him on the community custody program.
The victims quickly spoke up.
“He stabbed me five times during this incident,” said Madrid. “(There’s) absolutely nothing stopping him from coming back to church and finishing the job this time.”
Alvarez also spoke up saying, “I must tell the court that I think that nothing has changed and I see that his actions were brutal and violent and without remorse and I fear for myself and for my Catholic community.”
Alvarez and Madrid say their church members are still struggling to recover.
“The congregation has been scared and damaged. There were young innocent children who still can’t return to church,” said Alvarez.
Madrid said, “I prefer to stand during service to see if anyone is approaching the choir where I’m at. I don’t feel like I can let my guard down.”
The judge refused to lower Capener’s bond which is a relief for the victims who say they still have a long road ahead.
The judge tentatively set Capener’s trial for September.
He’s charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery.