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New Jersey man convicted of murder in ‘pig mask’ case

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Anthony Novellino (Morris County Prosecutor's Office)

Anthony Novellino (Morris County Prosecutor’s Office)

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey man has been convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask.

Jurors in Morris County announced Wednesday that 66-year-old Anthony Novellino was guilty of murder. They deliberated about three hours over two days.

Prosecutors say Novellino attacked his ex-wife, Judith, at their home in June 2010. They had recently finalized their divorce, and Judith was packing items to take to her apartment when she was stabbed.

Judith Novellino was a high school English teacher. Their adult daughter found her body.

Anthony Novellino was captured several days after the killing in Washington state, where he fled to meet a woman he had been communicating with online.

He faces at least 30 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 12.