- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey prosecutor says a possible appeal and retrial loom for a man whose murder conviction for pushing his wife off the cliffs at the Palisades in 1992 was overturned.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli told The Record (https://bit.ly/1uUzqXb) that his office is considering appealing the reversal of Stephen Scharf’s conviction to the state Supreme Court, but that he would retry the case “at the least.”

Scharf was convicted in 2011 of the murder of Jody Scharf, whose body was found below the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River. Stephen Scharf told authorities his wife accidentally fell after she had consumed alcohol.

On Monday, an appeals court threw out the conviction because the judge allowed hearsay testimony from Jody Scharf’s friends that she told them she feared her husband.


Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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