Prosecutor: Man accused of fatally stabbing Chatham priest impregnated 11-year-old girl

| September 12, 2011

MORRISTOWN — In the middle of jury selection for the man charged with killing a Chatham priest, the Morris County prosecutor unexpectedly said the murder defendant had impregnated an 11-year-old girl "many years ago."

Superior Court Judge Thomas Manahan was taken aback by the information from Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi. Murder defendant Jose Feliciano’s public defender, Neill Hamilton, became infuriated.

Demanding a hearing on the admissibility of new evidence, Hamilton said, "If Mr. Bianchi think he can bring that in, he’ll guarantee a reversal. The only purpose here was to get that information to the press."

Although no one in the jury pool heard the statement, Manahan, sitting in Morristown, stopped jury selection, which started last week, pending a hearing later this week .

Bianchi made his revelation during a conference in open court on what "voir dire" questions can be posed to jurors for the trial of Feliciano.

 

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