Trial set for janitor accused of killing priest

October 20, 2011 4:51:04 AM PDT
Opening statements are scheduled in the trial of a church janitor accused of killing a New Jersey priest two years ago.

Sixty-six-year-old Easton, Pa. resident Jose Feliciano could face life in prison if he's convicted of fatally stabbing the Rev. Edward Hinds in the rectory of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Chatham in the fall of 2009.

Feliciano claims he killed the priest because Hinds threatened to fire him if he ended their homosexual relationship.

But prosecutors say Feliciano made up that story because Hinds was preparing to fire him after learning Feliciano had been charged in 1988 with sexually touching a child.