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Prosecutor: New Jersey man faces murder charges in stabbing, beating death of his mother

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HO-HO-KUS, New Jersey — Murder charges have been filed against a northern New Jersey man who allegedly stabbed and beat his mother to death.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said bail was set at $2 million for 24-year-old Nicholas Piotti of Ho-Ho-Kus, who was taken into custody early Monday and was then taken to a hospital. Molinelli told The Record that Piotti had no "physical issues," but further details were not disclosed.

Molinelli says Piotti's 63-year-old mother, Karen, suffered multiple stab wounds and beating trauma in the attack. Her body was found early Monday.

A possible motive for the slaying has not been disclosed.

It was not known if Piotti has retained an attorney. His first court appearance was scheduled for Wednesday.

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