Morris detective testifies Chatham priest accessed Pa. criminal records just before he was killed

| September 15, 2011

Records that show Jose Ramon Feliciano was wanted in Philadelphia on a charge of indecent assault on a child were mailed to Chatham Rev. Edward Hinds just 16 days before Feliciano allegedly killed him, according to court testimony Thursday.

Morris County prosecutors allege that Feliciano, the now-66-year-old former custodian of St. Patrick R.C. Church in Chatham, stabbed the priest 32 times on Oct. 22, 2009, because the cleric had learned of his past while conducting a long-overdue background check and planned to fire him.

At a pre-trial hearing before Superior Court Judge Thomas V. Manahan in Morristown, Prosecutor’s Office Detective Supervisor Christopher Lombardi testified that investigators learned that Hinds on Aug. 25, 2009, accessed a public criminal records website maintained by Pennsylvania State Police.

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