Judge: Nun may testify in trial of Chatham priest’s slaying

| October 22, 2011

CHATHAM — A nun who works as a therapist does not qualify for confidentiality privileges under state law and can testify about her counseling sessions with a former church custodian accused of killing a Chatham priest, a Superior Court judge ruled today.

Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi plans to call Sister Catherine Morrisett during the murder trial, saying her testimony would contradict Jose Feliciano’s assertions that he stabbed the Rev. Edward Hinds of St. Patrick Church on Oct. 22, 2009, to end an unwanted sexual relationship.

Feliciano made those assertions in a confession to a prosecutor’s investigator. But now the video-recorded admission that he killed Hinds after the priest threatened to fire him for breaking off the affair may not surface after all.

Bianchi said in Superior Court in Morristown today that the prosecution "will not be bringing that statement out in our direct case."



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