Ex-police officer charged in Wood-Ridge murder of friend

WOOD-RIDGE - Authorities have charged a formerHasbrouck Heights police officer in the killing of a Wood-Ridge manfound dead on Sunday.

Scott Smith, 33, of Hasbrouck Heights, wasarrested today.

He faces murder and weapons possession charges for the death ofJohn Amendola, 39, of Wood-Ridge.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says the two men hadbeen friends for nearly 20 years and got into a dispute atAmendola's home early yesterday morning.

Smith allegedly stabbed Amendola several times with a knifethat prosecutors say Smith often carried.

Amendola's body was found yesterday afternoon by a friend whoarrived for a visit.

It's not yet clear if Smith has retained a lawyer.

Prosecutors say Smith, who is currently unemployed, is being held on $2 millionbail.

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