An autopsy shows that a beloved priest who was killed in the Northern California city of Eureka was beaten to death with a wooden stake and a metal gutter pipe.
Humboldt County Coroner Dave Parris said yesterday that investigators don't want to release more details of how the Rev. Eric Freed was beaten, pending further investigation.
At his arraignment, 44-year-old Gary Lee Bullock was charged with murder with a special allegation of torture.
Other counts are burglary, arson and auto theft.