January 3rd, 2014
02:19 PM ET

Man suspected of killing priest was in custody before slaying

Police had a man who is suspected of killing a Catholic priest in his California rectory in custody, but they let him go.

It was mere hours before the slaying of the Rev. Eric Freed that an odd-acting Gary Lee Bullock had been in custody for public intoxication. On New Year's Eve, Humboldt County sheriff's deputies had responded to reports that a person was "acting strangely" and arrested Bullock, taking him to jail. But Bullock, police said, was "rejected" from the facility "due to his erratic behavior."

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