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August trial date set for priest murder case, Bullock waives right to speedy trial
EUREKA- The Redway man who allegedly murdered a Saint Bernard priest in Eureka New Year’s Day will go to trial in August.
Wednesday afternoon Gary Lee Bullock, 44, appeared in a Humboldt County courtroom with his defense attorney, Conflict Counsel Kaleb Cockrum and waived his right to a speedy trial. Bullock’s trial is set for the summer. He is the man who police believe killed Father Eric Freed inside of the rectory in the early morning hours of Jan. 1.
Humboldt County deputies arrested him the next day after surveillance footage from the rectory showed Bullock wandering the area and then breaking through a side window that lead into Freed’s home.
Bullock is being charged with three felony counts of murder, vehicle theft, and attempted arson. He is also facing two special allegations of residential burglary and torture. The prosecution is allegedly Bullock murdered Freed for sadistic purposes. His trial date is set Aug. 4.