Hit man recants claims against rabbi

June 28, 2009 2:18:45 PM PDT
The man who has long claimed that a Cherry Hill rabbi hired him to kill his wife in 1994 has now recanted his story. Len Jenoff, a private investigator, has twice testified that Fred Neulander hired him to kill his wife inside the couple's home so the rabbi could carry on an affair.

However, Jenoff recants those allegations in a sworn affidavit filed as part of a post-conviction relief motion made by Neulander's court-appointed lawyer, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday.

Neulander - who is serving a life term - has maintained Jenoff and a second man were acting on their own, motivated by robbery, when they killed his wife.

Jenoff, now serving a 23-year sentence after pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter and agreeing to cooperate with authorities, also alleges prosecutors reneged on a "sweetheart deal" promising him a five-year sentence.

Authorities deny there was any such agreement.


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