Taglianetti Trial Nears

MAYVILLE – Jury selection for the high-profile, second-degree murder trial for Anthony R. Taglianetti II begins Tuesday.

The former Dale City, Va., resident is charged with driving to New York and shooting Keith Reed Jr., former superintendent of Clymer Central School, over an alleged affair between Reed and Taglianetti’s wife.

Police named Taglianetti a suspect in the Sept. 21, 2012, murder of Reed. He was taken into custody days later in Virginia, and in December was extradited to Chautauqua County. Taglianetti appeared in court in July for pre-trial hearings on evidence and identification.

Tuesday will begin jury selection for the trial. According to Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley, jury selection could take two to two-and-a-half weeks.

“One really never knows (how long jury selection will take),” Foley said. “We’re hoping to do it within a couple weeks, two-and-a-half weeks, we would suspect.”

In selecting a jury for the case, Foley said the court is looking for people who will be fair and impartial for the trial. Foley anticipates the trial starting soon after jury selection is complete.

“It depends on when we finish the jury selection,” Foley said. “I’ve scheduled the date for sometime in the beginning of October to commence the trial.”