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Grand jury indicts northern New Jersey man in stabbing, beating death of his mother


HACKENSACK, New Jersey — A northern New Jersey man accused of stabbing and beating his mother to death last year has been indicted on murder and weapons charges.

The Record newspaper reports ( ) a grand jury handed up the indictment in Hackensack Monday against 24-year-old Nicholas Piotti. The Ho-Ho-Kus man is charged in death of his mother, Karen.

Prosecutors say the 63-year-old victim suffered multiple stab wounds and beating trauma in the September attack.

Piotti's lawyer, John Weischel, couldn't be reached for comment Monday. He has said his client had psychiatric problems and he'd pursue an insanity defense.

Piotti is due back in court in about six weeks. He's being held in the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.

Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, New Jersey),

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