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Janitor accused of killing priest takes the stand

Janitor accused of killing priest takes the stand

An accused priest killer from Easton is back in court and he's on the witness stand.

The trial of Jose Feliciano resumed Monday in Morristown, New Jersey.

Police say Feliciano stabbed the Rev. Edward Hinds at a church in Chatham in 2009.

Monday, Feliciano, the church janitor, testified that Hinds touched him sexually in exchange for staying quiet about an outstanding arrest warrant against Feliciano.

Prosecutors contend that Feliciano murdered Hinds because he was going to fire him.

Feliciano is hoping for a lesser manslaughter charge.


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