Cop pleads not guilty to killing ex with daughter, 7, in car

A suspended New Jersey police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges that he chased and gunned down his ex-wife while their 7-year-old daughter was in his car.

The Asbury Park Press reports ( ) that Attorney Edward Bertucio pleaded not guilty on Neptune Township Sgt. Philip Seidle's behalf on Wednesday on murder, weapons and child endangerment charges.

Authorities say Seidle was off duty and had his daughter in the front seat of his vehicle when he chased after a car driven by his ex-wife, Tamara, on June 16. Authorities say moments after the chase ended, he got out and fired his service weapon several times into her vehicle. She died at a hospital.

Bertucio says he's discussed a possible plea bargain with prosecutors but wouldn't speculate about his client's plans.


Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press,