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.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

The Bayonne Board of Education voted Wednesday evening 1 Nearly 300 Bayonne School District employees, including teachers, laid off
Ruben Mondalto was able to wander away from 2 Toddler wanders away from Sayreville day care
Bayonne layoffs 3 Bayonne layoffs
Hackensack residents say that they want to see 4 Residents voice concerns over Teterboro flight paths
Hoboken police two men assaulted a woman and 5 Hoboken police seek ID of robbery suspects

advertisement | advertise on News 12


It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.