Feliciano jury to hear only part of interview he gave two days after killing Chatham priest

| December 6, 2011

CHATHAM — The jury in the Jose Feliciano murder trial will be hearing only part of a three-hour interview the former church custodian conducted with an investigator two days after the 2009 stabbing of a Chatham priest.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Manahan, sitting in Morristown, ruled today that portions of the interview that are “consistent” with Feliciano’s testimony during the trial are the only ones the jury may hear.

Feliciano’s public defender, Neill Hamilton had asked to play the entire interview with Capt. Jeffrey Paul of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. Hamilton said that would “clarify” that Feliciano was “distraught” at the time of the conversation at Morristown Medical Center.

“The complete statement is necessary for the jury to get the full flavor of it,” Hamilton said.

Acknowledging that Feliciano changed parts of his story during testimony, Hamilton said Feliciano may have been telling the truth when he said his memory of the incident was better in 2011 than it was in 2009.



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