(NEWSER– Horrific new details in the New Year's Day slaying of a popular Catholic priest in California: An autopsy has revealed that the Rev. Eric Freed was beaten to death with a metal gutter pipe and a wooden stake, the AP reports. He was found dead inside the rectory of his church in Eureka; his suspected killer, 44-year-old Gary Lee Bullock, has been charged with murder with a special allegation of torture.

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