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Ho-Ho-Kus man charged in mother’s murder moved from hospital to Bergen County Jail

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST: A Ho-Ho-Kus man charged with stabbing and beating his 63-year-old mother to death in their home was transferred to the Bergen County Jail today after being hospitalized for psychiatric reasons the past two weeks.

Bail for 24-year-old Nicholas Piotti remained at $2 million after he was transferred from Bergen Regional Medical Center, where he’d been secured to his hospital bed under guard.

Piotti was rushed to the hospital’s intensive care unit the morning of Sept. 1 after what sources said was an apparent anxiety attack while being questioned by Bergen County prosecutor’s investigators at their office in Paramus.

Nicholas Piotti, Karen Spector Piotti

Two hours later he was officially charged with murder and weapons offenses in the brutal killing of Karen Spector Piotti.

A first court appearance was being set.

Police found the body of the elder Piotti inside the family home around 3:30 that morning. The River Edge native was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers from Allendale, the Bergen County Police Department, Ridgewood, Saddle River and Upper Saddle River responded along with Ho-Ho-Kus police to what initially was suspected to be a home invasion.

That quickly changed when authorities seized Piotti, a former lacrosse player at Ridgewood High School, Marist College and St. John’s University and Dean’s List student at Marist.

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