Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Janitor on Trial This Week for Murder of Priest; Jose Feliciano Confessed to Murder of N.J. Priest

Nearly two years after the Rev. Edward Hinds was found lying in a pool of blood in the rectory of St. Patrick Church in Chatham, New Jersey, the janitor -- charged in his murder -- is facing trial this week, the Ethics Daily website reports today (October 19, 2011).

Jose Feliciano, 66, of Easton, Pennsylvania -- the church's former custodian -- is accused of murder in the death of the popular 61-year-old priest.

In a video-recorded statement -- which will be allowed in the trial -- Feliciano admitted he stabbed Hinds, but said he did it during an argument after the priest threatened to fire him for ending a four-year sexual affair.

Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi contends Feliciano stabbed Hinds because the priest was planning to fire him, after learning he was a fugitive from a 1988 Pennsylvania charge of indecent assault on a 7-year-old girl.

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