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Insanity defense eyed for Ho-Ho-Kus man charged in mother’s murder

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ONLY ON CVP: The lawyer for a Ho-Ho-Kus man charged with stabbing and beating his 63-year-old mother to death in their home was expected to begin laying the groundwork tomorrow for an insanity defense.

Nicholas Piotti, 24, was scheduled for his first court appearance tomorrow in Hackensack to officially be charged with murder and weapons offenses in the brutal Sept. 1 killing of Karen Spector Piotti at the family home.

He remained held on $2 million after being transferred a week ago from Bergen Regional Medical Center, where he’d been secured to his hospital bed under guard for two weeks.

Piotti was rushed to the hospital’s intensive care unit after having sources said was an apparent anxiety attack while being questioned by Bergen County prosecutor’s investigators at their office in Paramus hours after he was taken into custody.

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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