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Coroner: Priest beaten to death with stake, pipe

5:41 PM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - An autopsy shows that a beloved priest murdered New Year's Day in the Northern California city of Eureka was beaten to death with a wooden stake and a metal gutter pipe. 

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Humboldt County Coroner Dave Parris said Monday that investigators do not want to release more details of how the Rev. Eric Freed was beaten, pending further investigation. 

Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills adds that the attacker broke in a side window of the rectory at St. Bernard Catholic Church. 

Meanwhile, Gary Lee Bullock, a 43-year-old Humboldt County man, was arraigned Monday on charges of murder, burglary and arson. 

Authorities have said Bullock was released from jail on a disorderly conduct charge several hours before the break-in and slaying. The jail is just a few blocks from the church.

The Associated Press

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