Prosecutors seek competency hearing for cop charged in wife's slaying

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Morris County prosecutors will seek a psychiatric evaluation for a suspended Newark police lieutenant charged in the shooting death of his estranged wife and the wounding of her boyfriend.

Lt. John Formisano, a 24-year veteran of the Newark force, has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges stemming from the July 14 shooting in Jefferson. But prosecutors told a judge Monday that they want to see if he's mentally fit to stand trial.

Formisano is being held in a state psychiatric facility.

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An attorney for Formisano says in a statement, “The focus is on the treatment and clinical care he is receiving from trained medical professionals at the mental health institution where he is presently admitted.”

It went on: “We are hopeful that John will be able to return to the person he was before this tragic event and someday be able to participate in his own defense as it relates to the charges.”

Authorities say 37-year-old Christine Solaro-Formisano was found dead on her porch and a 40-year-old man was found inside with multiple gunshot wounds. Authorities say the defendant told investigators he was dropping off something for one of his children and "blacked out" when he saw a man in her bedroom.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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