Newark police lieutenant accused of killing wife faces judge

Posted: Updated:

A Newark police lieutenant accused of killing his estranged wife and trying to kill her boyfriend faced a judge Wednesday.

Lt. John Formisano appeared in court via video conference from a treatment center. He has been under psychiatric care since July 15 – the day after he allegedly shot and killed his wife Christine Formisano in Jefferson Township.

Formisano pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder and endangering the welfare of a child. Formisano’s children were inside the home at the time of the shooting.

RELATED: ‘She is dying in front of my house’ - Police release 911 calls from deadly Jefferson Township shooting 
RELATED: Reports: Cop accused of killing estranged wife ‘blacked out,’ started shooting 

Friends who attended the court hearing said that Christine Formisano was a loving mother.

“Anything you needed…she was your go-to person…Anything that you wanted to talk about, she would always give sound advice…but above all, she was just an amazing mother,” says family friend Cathleen Coviello-Guida.

Lt. Formisano was suspended from the police force following his arrest. He is due back in court on Oct. 7.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."