Suspect arrested in death of priest at beach home

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Posted: Jul 12, 2011 2:04 PM
Suspect arrested in death of priest at beach home

Authorities say a Catholic priest has been shot to death in a beachfront home in Mississippi and a suspect has been arrested in Florida.

The Rev. Edward E. Everitt was found Monday by a caretaker at a house being use as a weekend retreat in Waveland, about 40 miles east of New Orleans. Everitt was a 70-year-old priest at Holy Ghost and Our Lady of Pompeii churches in Hammond, La.

The church is a member of the Dominican Order and operates a school in the Hammond community about 50 miles northwest of New Orleans.

Police arrested a suspect about 6 a.m. Tuesday in Polk County, Fla. Authorities are not sure what the motive for the shooting was, but did say the priest's vehicle was missing.