John Formisano pleads Not Guilty – States he “blacked out.”

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John Formisano, the Newark cop charged with killing his estranged wife, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in his first court appearance since last month's shooting rampage in Jefferson that police said targeted her and her boyfriend.

Sometime after 11 p.m. on July 14, Newark police officer Lt. John Formisano went to the house he had shared with his since-estranged wife to drop off a pair of glasses for one of their children, he would later tell authorities. He remembers realizing that a “male guest” might be present. He said he “blacked out.”

What came next, prosecutors say, was a rampage that ended with one woman dead, a man seriously wounded and a Jefferson Township, N.J., block traumatized by a killing on its doorstep.

Formisano appeared in Superior Court in Morris County via live video feed from a county Department of Human Services facility, where he is receiving psychological treatment. The suspended lieutenant, who is a 24-year veteran of the Newark police force, wore a T-shirt for the brief hearing and seldom spoke.

Formisano will next appear in court on Oct. 7 at 1:30 p.m. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is requesting that he do so in person.

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