Newark Cop John Formisano Claims He ‘Blacked Out’ Before Killing

MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Jefferson Township Police Chief Sean Conrad state that John Formisano a City of Newark Police Officer, 49, Jefferson Township, has been charged with first degree Murder, first degree Attempted Murder, and other related crimes, in connection with a shooting that occurred on Mirror Place in Jefferson Township.

On Sunday, July 14, 2019, at approximately 11:21 p.m., members of the Jefferson Township Police Department were dispatched to 1 Mirror Place for 911 calls of shots fired. Upon arrival, first responding officers located a deceased woman’s body laying on the front porch steps of Five Mirror Place. The deceased woman was subsequently identified as Christine Formisano, 37, of Jefferson Township. A second victim, male, age 40, was located with multiple gunshot wounds inside the residence of 1 Mirror Place.

At approximately 2:00 a.m., the Defendant, who was identified as the deceased victim’s estranged husband, was located in a parking lot in Livingston. The Defendant was taken into the custody of law enforcement in Livingston. The firearm believed to be used by the Defendant to inflict the injuries was collected from the Defendant’s motor vehicle, also located in Livingston.

Investigators determined that the Defendant had driven to the Mirror Place home shortly before the first 911 call was received.

As a result of the investigation into this incident, the Defendant was charged with Murder, a crime of the first degree; Attempted Murder, a crime of the first degree; two counts of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, crimes of the second degree; and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, crimes of the second degree

EDITOR’S NOTE: A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, this Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.