Janitor Accused of Killing Chatham Priest Takes Stand
Testimony has concluded for the day in the trial of a former church janitor accused of killing a New Jersey priest.
Jose Feliciano took the stand Monday to claim the priest had touched him sexually in exchange for keeping silent about the janitor’s outstanding arrest warrant. He’s accused of fatally stabbing the Rev. Edward Hinds in 2009 in the rectory of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Chatham.
Prosecutors say Feliciano murdered the priest because he was going to fire him.
The Star-Ledger reports that Feliciano testified Monday that he told Hinds in 2003 he couldn’t comply with a mandatory employee fingerprinting program because of an outstanding warrant for indecent assault on a 7-year-old girl.
Feliciano is seeking a lesser manslaughter charge. He’s scheduled to resume testifying on Tuesday.
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