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Jan 2, 2014 5:26 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Police arrest suspect in California priest killing


EUREKA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in the killing of a respected priest who was found dead in a church rectory in Northern California.

A statement released by Eureka police says 43-year-old Gary Lee Bullock of Redway was taken into custody on Thursday by Humboldt County deputies in the killing of the Rev. Eric Freed.

Bullock had been named in an arrest warrant. The statement says he had been in and out of police custody in the hours before Freed died.

Officials are still seeking a motive in the killing.

Freed's body was found Wednesday in the St. Bernard Church rectory after he failed to show up for morning Mass.

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