Prosecution Relies On Experts
MAYVILLE – Mary Taglianetti pleaded with her husband to return to their Virginia home last September before he did something he regretted. He had other ideas.
Prosecutors say accused murderer Anthony R. Taglianetti II received text messages from his wife during his overnight drive to Clymer and days later planned to leave the United States and head to Israel.
Christopher Page, deputy sheriff and forensic investigator for the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department, testified Wednesday in Chautauqua County Court that the hard drive in Taglianetti’s laptop showed websites stored in its Internet cache, one of which was an airline site – cheapoair.com.
According to Page, who was able to access a booking receipt from Taglianetti’s email, a flight was booked for Oct. 12, 2012, from Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., to Tel Aviv, Israel, via Vienna, Austria.
Taglianetti had made the booking at approximately 1 p.m. on Sept. 28, 2012, seven days after the apparent homicide of former Clymer Central Schools superintendent, Keith Reed Jr., and a few hours before Taglianetti himself was arrested while driving in Bath County, Va.
The finding was part of a barrage of evidentiary analysis by professionals that Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley and his prosecution team used to strengthen their case.
James Hickey, an associate with the U.S. Postal Service in Virginia, confirmed that Taglianetti submitted an application for a U.S. passport on Sept. 24, 2012.
Jamie Gustafson, retail team lead at M&T bank in Jamestown, confirmed that the ATM receipt found near Reed’s body was from a withdrawal made in Virginia.
Special Agent Luis DeJesus, a member of the FBI cellular analysis team, confirmed that Taglianetti’s cellphone was traced to several AT&T tower sectors Sept. 20-21, 2012, showing a direction of travel from Taglianetti’s home in Woodbridge, Va., to Clymer.
According to DeJesus, Taglianetti’s phone was traced within the vicinity of Reed’s residence at 10:27 p.m. on the night of Reed’s death. Moreover, Reed’s cellphone was traced to a location near Harrisburg, Pa., on Sept. 24, 2012.
Public Defender Nathaniel Barone had the witnesses indicate that no conclusive identification could be substantiated based on their findings.
The prosecution also questioned Michael G. Williams, sergeant investigator for the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, and had him read aloud the messages that Taglianetti received from his wife before and after Sept. 21, 2012.
“Please come back … I’m so confused,” texted Mary Taglianetti to her husband on Sept. 20, 2012.
“Please know I had nothing to do with that email,” she texted the following day.
The email mentioned was a sexually explicit one between Mary Taglianetti and Reed that her husband inadvertently discovered in August 2012.
Taglianetti is accused of leaving his Virginia home on the night of Sept. 20, 2012, driving 350 miles to Clymer and killing Reed at his home.
Mary Taglianetti also texted a number of messages to her husband after Sept. 21, 2012, with a more conciliatory tone.
“Would you consider marriage counseling?,” she texted on Sept. 25, 2012. “I’m so sorry for my sins,” she texted shortly afterward.
Mary Taglianetti was not aware of Reed’s death until Sept. 26, 2012.
Barone had Williams confirm that Reed’s house contained several weapons including five shotguns, three rifles and multiple handguns. Several containers of ammunition were also found inside.
The trial is scheduled to continue today at 9:30 a.m.