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Ex-Priest Defrocked For Sex Abuse Found Dead In Nevada Home

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A defrocked Roman Catholic priest from New Jersey has been found dead in his new home in a suburb of Las Vegas.

The Clark County Coroner's Office said Tuesday that 70-year-old John Capparelli was found dead Saturday in his kitchen in Henderson with a gunshot wound to his neck.

Capparelli was one of more than 180 priests named by New Jersey's five dioceses last month as having credible accusations of sexual abuse against him.

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Henderson Police say Capparelli's body was found Saturday morning after officers conducted a welfare check and said he died of "suspicious circumstances."

Nicole Charlton with the coroner's office says the death has been ruled a homicide.

Officer Katrina Rothmeyer declined Tuesday to say whether police have a suspect or whether someone broke into Capparelli's home.