Church Janitor Charged in Slaying of NJ Priest

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A janitor has been charged with murder in the slaying of priest whose body was found in the rectory of his
northern New Jersey church.

Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi (BEE-an-chee) said Saturday that 64-year-old Jose Feliciano stabbed the Rev. Ed Hinds 32 times on Thursday after the pair argued.

The 61-year-old Hinds was in his clerical robes when he was killed while brewing a cup of coffee in the rectory kitchen of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Chatham.

His body was found Friday morning after he failed to appear for Mass.

The slaying rocked the New York City bedroom community of about 10,000 residents, where Hinds was familiar face and much-beloved presence. It was the first violent death in Chatham since a 1990 manslaughter case.

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