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

Posted: Updated:

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.

RELATED: Newark police lieutenant accused of killing wife faces judge 
RELATED: Police release 911 calls from deadly Jefferson Township shooting

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.

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 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."