(HOSTED.AP.ORG/DYNAMIC/STORIES/U/US_PRIEST_SLAYING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-01-07-03-42-45) — A man charged in the beating death of a priest in the Northern California city of Eureka tried to blow up the church rectory by turning on 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 a murder charge with special allegations of torture, arson and other crimes. It was signed by Eureka police Detective Ron Harpham.
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The affidavit said church surveillance video captured images of Bullock trying to open doors to the rectory, breaking a side window and crawling in.