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.