Jury finds former cop not guilty in murder-for-hire

A jury has acquitted a former New York City police officer charged with hiring a hit man to murder his estranged wife.

Anthony Battisti, of Franklin Square, was found not guilty of first-degree attempted murder and conspiracy.

Prosecutors say Battisti promised Timothy Gersbeck $5,000 to murder Patricia Battisti. Gersbeck was arrested in January 2009 for trying to stab Patricia with a screwdriver outside her Franklin Square home. She was injured, but survived.

Battisti says Gersbeck was his mechanic and he only paid him for car services.

Battisti would have faced life in prison if he was convicted.

Jury deciding fate of former cop accused of hiring hit man

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