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Feliciano argued that the priest demanded sex in exchange for keeping quiet about the warrant.

Feliciano, who testified for eight days during the trial, was found guilty in Morristown of murder, felony murder, two counts of robbery and two weapons counts. He is scheduled to be sentenced in February.


Judge: Financier competent to stand trial

HOUSTON | Jailed Texas financier R. Allen Stanford is mentally competent to stand trial on charges he bilked investors out of $7 billion in a massive Ponzi scheme, a judge ruled Thursday

U.S. District Judge David Hittner’s decision came after a nearly three-day competency hearing for the disgraced financier. Mr. Stanford’s trial is set for Jan. 23.

Mr. Stanford had been declared incompetent in January because of an anti-anxiety drug addiction he developed while jailed in Houston. He spent more than eight months at a federal prison hospital in Butner, N.C., getting treatment for his addiction and being evaluated to determine if he had any long-term effects from being injured in a September 2009 jail fight.

A forensic psychologist who helped treat Mr. Stanford at the prison hospital testified the financier is now competent, can think clearly after being taken off the drug and has not suffered brain damage from the jail fight.

But four medical experts who testified on Mr. Stanford’s behalf, including a neurologist and two forensic psychiatrists, said the financier suffered a traumatic brain injury in the jail fight that left him with severe memory loss and unable to think or communicate clearly.


Yoga teacher named ‘world’s oldest’

PINELLAS PARK | The yoga teacher in the front of the room laid on the floor, her hands resting on her upper thighs. She lifted her right leg high in the air, foot flexed. Then she grabbed her right foot in her right hand and brought her leg toward her face as she raised her upper body a few inches off the ground.

Bernice Bates is 91 years old, and she’s more flexible than people a third of her age.

Guinness World Records recently awarded Ms. Bates the title of “Oldest Yoga Teacher.” While there might be other, older yogis somewhere in the world, Ms. Bates completed the lengthy documentation process required by Guinness. She was nominated earlier this year by her daughter.

Ms. Bates first began practicing yoga 50 years ago.