Disturbing Details Emerge After Janitor Arrested For Priest’s Death

October 25, 2009

New Jersey (ChattahBox) – A janitor has been arrested after beating and stabbing a priest 32 times, after an argument about his continued employment for the parish.

Jose Feliciano, the 64-year-old janitor for the church, had been working there for 17 years. It isn’t clear why his employment was being considered for termination, but an argument over the topic broke out.

Feliciano began beating Father Hinds, and left him on the floor as he searched for a knife in the church kitchen. When he returned, he stabbed the man 32 times, in the hands, torso, neck, and back of the head as Hinds attempted to fight him off.

The priest tried to call 911 when Feliciano went to fetch the knife, but the call was made from a cell phone, and could not be traced.

When the operator attempted to ring back, the janitor answered the phone and told them everything was fine. It is not clear if this was before, or after, the knife attack.

Most disturbing of all was when police arrived the next day. They had been searching the radius they knew the call came from, and found bloody clothes and rags in a trash can 50 yards from the janitor’s home.

When they found the body in the rectory, Feliciano tried to act, though not convincingly.

“He made a half-hearted attempt to do CPR in front of police. They said it was bizarre. He made about two or three compressions and said something like, ‘he’s dead,'” Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said.

The man has since admitted to the murder, and is currently being held. It is not clear if he has asked for counsel.

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