Humboldt County Superior Court Judge John Feeney set a date of Aug. 4 for the trail of 44-year-old Gary Lee Bullock, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted arson and vehicle theft in connection with the death of a Eureka, Calif., priest, the Rev. Eric Freed.
Bullock is accused of breaking into the St. Bernard Catholic Church in the early hours of New Year's Day, a few hours after being released from Humboldt County jail, and beating Freed to death.
The Eureka Times-Standard reports ( http://bit.ly/1keNMPy) that Freed was found dead in the church rectory later that morning after he didn't show up for morning Mass.
Information from: Times-Standard, http://www.times-standard.com