At a pretrial hearing for a murder case in Morris County Superior Court, prosecutors sought to admit key evidence of the defendant’s statements to investigators.
66-year-old Anthony Novellino is accused of stabbing his ex-wife 84 times in 2010.
Prosecutors in the case want to use as evidence statements made by Mr. Novellino to interviewers about issues he had with his ex-wife.
At the pretrial hearing, prosecutors played an audio recording of the interview in which Mr. Novellino can be heard describing his shock when being served divorce papers. Prosecutors argue that Mr. Novellino was so upset about his recent divorce and the strain it was taking on his finances that he killed his ex-wife when she returned to their home to pick up her belongings.
In New Jersey, homicide is the most serious criminal offense. As a result, it is classified as a first degree felony. Although first degree crimes typically carry a maximum of 20 years in prison, murder charges carry more severe penalties. If Mr. Novellino is convicted of first degree homicide, he could be sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of imprisonment of 30 years.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Prosecutor Seeks to Admit Denville Man’s Statements Following Stabbing Death of Wife.“