Anthony Novellino also faces a tampering with physical evidence charge in the indictment handed up Friday by a Morris County grand jury. The 63-year-old Denville man could face life in prison without parole if convicted.
Prosecutors say Novellino attacked his wife, Judith, in their home last June. They had recently finalized their divorce and Judith Novellino, a high school English teacher, was packing items to take to her apartment when he snuck in the home and stabbed her.
Her body was found the next day by their adult daughter.
Novellino was captured several days later in Washington state.