JosÉ Quezada, Times-Standard, Associated Press
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A man charged in the beating death of a priest in the Northern California city of Eureka tried to blow up a rectory by turning on the gas from a stove and leaving behind a lit cigar, police said in court documents obtained Wednesday.
However, the affidavit obtained by The Associated Press said the cigar went out.
The affidavit was filed in support of a warrant to arrest 44-year-old Gary Lee Bullock last week on murder, arson, torture and other charges.
Another priest found the Rev. Eric Freed dead in the rectory on New Year's Day after he failed to appear for morning Mass at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
The body was wrapped in bedclothes dampened by liquor in another failed attempt to start a fire, the affidavit said.
Bullock has pleaded not guilty.
- Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
- Child sex trafficking bust reveals worries...
- Georgia girl struck by plane on Florida beach...
- Photos: UCLA wades through damage caused by...
- Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time'
- Survey: 70 percent of Americans think the...
- Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment
- The Great War: 100 photos marking 100 years...
- US Court: Virginia marriage is for all... 44
- Federal land managers criticized over... 26
- Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the... 23
- Obama maintains busy fundraising... 22
- Survey: 70 percent of Americans think... 21
- Fast food workers vow civil disobedience 18
- GOP-led House ready to OK lawsuit... 15
- Gaza sides agree to lull but truce... 13