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Former pastor booked into jail; arraignment set

Doug Porter, the former pastor accused of murder in the 2004 death of an 85-year-old Hickman man, arrived in Modesto and was booked into Stanislaus County Jail on Thursday afternoon.

Porter, 55, arrived with another inmate and two deputies after being driven from San Diego County, where he was arrested Monday at a U.S. Customs station.

He was booked at 2 p.m. on charges of murder, attempted murder, elder abuse and grand theft. Arraignment is set for today at 1:30 p.m. at the Stanislaus County Courthouse.

Porter is suspected of killing Frank Craig, who drowned when a pickup Porter was driving plunged into a canal near Hickman on April 22, 2004.

Two years earlier, Craig was injured seriously while riding as a passenger in another pickup, also driven by Porter, that crashed into a tree on Lake Road, about five miles west of La Grange.

Porter controlled Craig's reported multimillion-dollar trust, which Craig wanted to use to build a museum to showcase his agriculture machinery and memorabilia.

Porter is the former pastor of Hickman Community Church and produced several state champions as a highly successful wrestling coach at Hughson High School.