EUREKA, Calif.—A trial date has been set in the case of a Northern California man charged in the murder of a beloved priest.

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.

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Information from: Times-Standard, http://www.times-standard.com


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