Bergen County Landlord Pleads Not Guilty in Tenant’s Death

A landlord accused of killing a tenant in his Bergen County home pleaded not guilty on Monday. 83-year old John Wisse of Hasbrouck Heights was arrested on charges of aggravated manslaughter and weapons charges after allegedly shooting 58-year old Gerald Velardi in the chest. According to officials the landlord and tenant had an argument prior to the incident, and Wisse called police who found Velardi’s body in the downstairs level of the house. He is being held at Bergen County Jail on $750,000 bail.

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