Examiner: Bullet Found In Autopsy Can’t Be Traced To Suspected Murder Weapon

MAYVILLE – A firearms examiner indicated that the bullet found during Keith Reed Jr.’s autopsy could not be definitively traced to the suspected murder weapon.

In a tense cross-examination, Robert Freese, firearms examiner with the New York state division of criminal services, told Public Defender Nathaniel Barone that the bullet found in Reed’s shirt sleeve could have been fired from a number of different weapons.

When asked if those other weapons were in excess of 100, Freese responded “that would be accurate.”

Freese, however, confirmed that the bullet found during Reed’s autopsy did have characteristics consistent with Taglianetti’s .357 Taurus magnum.

Freese was the prosecution’s 44th and final witness.

Barone said he will determine a strategy with his team until the trial resumes on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. He did not confirm if he will call any witnesses.

See Friday’s edition of The Post-Journal for a full story.