Family Of Murdered Priest Using Marsy’s Law
In Eureka, CA, the family of a murdered priest is using Marsy’s Law by hiring its own attorney to represent its interests as the surviving family of a victim. Do you know your Marsy’s Law rights?
– Eureka Times-Standard, By Will Houston
The murder trial of the man accused in the brutal killing of a beloved Eureka Catholic priest in the St. Bernard Catholic Church rectory on New Year’s Day was set for the end of January during a pretrial hearing at the Humboldt County Superior Courthouse this afternoon.
Gary Lee Bullock, 44, is accused of breaking into the church rectory hours after being released from the county jail around midnight, and torturing and fatally bludgeoning Father Eric Freed before attempting to burn his body. Bullock is also accused of attempting to blow up the rectory by turning on a gas stove and placing a lit cigar near it. Bullock had been arrested near Garberville a day earlier for alleged drug intoxication.
Freed, a lecturer in Humboldt State University’s Religious Studies Department, was found hours later after he did not show up for the morning Mass.
Local attorney Kathleen Bryson was present in the courtroom and handed Judge John T. Feeney a Marsy’s Law letter stating that she has been retained by Freed’s family to represent them. Marsy’s Law grants certain rights to victims, such as notice of court hearings.
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