Slain NJ priest spoke about firing suspect

October 28, 2009 4:42:21 AM PDT
Court records show a New Jersey priest spoke about firing the janitor accused of killing him because of a background check.

The Rev. Edward Hinds told the principal of St. Patrick School in Chatham he might "let go" of 64-year-old Jose Feliciano because his employment record indicated he hadn't passed the check. The conversation took place two days before the priest was found stabbed 32 times with a kitchen knife in the church rectory on Oct. 23.

The records, filed at district court in Wind Gap, Pa., reveal the results of a search warrant executed at Feliciano's home in Easton, Pa.

Authorities recovered bloody rags from a trash can at a nearby park.

A viewing for Hinds is scheduled for Friday and a Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger


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