Nun who counseled defendant expected to testify in trial of slain Chatham priest

| December 11, 2011

CHATHAM — A nun who counseled Jose Feliciano and his wife is expected to be among the witnesses this week as court officials hope to finish testimony in the former church custodian’s trial in the slaying of a Chatham priest.

Feliciano will be on the witness stand in Morristown again Monday for a sixth day, in what is expected to be his last day testifying. It will be day five of cross-examination by Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi, who has been pressing Feliciano aggressively to find inconsistencies in his accounts of the Oct. 22, 2009, stabbing.

Feliciano’s two public defenders are expected to bring one or two more witnesses after that. And then, court officials say, the prosecution will present four or five rebuttal witnesses — including Sister Catherine Morrisett, a staff therapist at Grace Counseling Center in Madison.

Feliciano, 66, of Easton, Pa., is accused of murder in the death of the Rev. Edward Hinds, 61, parish priest at St. Patrick Church, who was stabbed 44 times. Feliciano has admitted the killing, but says it was a "passion/provocation" manslaughter because Hinds allegedly provoked him.

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