NJ High School Teacher Stabbed 80 Times

Monday, Jun 21, 2010  |  Updated 10:02 AM EDT
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NJ High School Teacher Stabbed 80 Times

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When the call in from Kennedy Airport reporting that someone had gone postal Thursday afternoon, it turned out to be little too close to the truth.

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A New Jersey high school teacher was found dead, stabbed more than 80 times, in her Denville Township home on Saturday night.

Officials are now searching for the victim’s estranged husband, Anthony Novellino, 63. He and Judith Novellino, who taught English and French at Morris Catholic High School, had divorced earlier this month but were still living together.
Morris County Investigators want to speak to Mr. Novellino, who was last seen driving a convertible 1992 Mazda Miata, Morris County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi told theNY Daily News.
An autopsy conducted on Sunday concluded that Judith Novellino "died from blunt force trauma and that the manner of death is homicide.  Over 80 stab wounds were inflicted during what can only be described as a very brutal and violent encounter," Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi said.

Investigators said they believe the attack happened on Saturday; Novellino’s adult daughter discovered the body on Saturday night, the Daily News reports.  There are no suspects yet, but anyone with information is asked to call the Morris County Prosecutor's Officeat 973-285-2900.
 

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