Defense Rests; Closing Arguments Set For Friday

MAYVILLE – Public Defender Nathaniel Barone and his defense team rested Thursday, leaving closing arguments and jury deliberations for Friday.

In a passionate appeal, Barone told Judge John T. Ward that the defense needed an additional afternoon to formulate its closing argument, citing the extensive evidence presented in the trial.

According to Barone, it was an “unreasonable request” for the defense to formulate a closing argument in a couple of hours after sitting through an “ad nauseam” of evidence.

“It affects (my client’s) constitutional right for a fair trial,” Barone said.

Ward allowed the jury to decide how to proceed despite District Attorney David Foley’s wish to start closing arguments this afternoon.

The jury decided to have closing arguments begin Friday.

The second-degree murder trial of Anthony “Rob” Taglianetti II concluded its ninth day in Chautauqua Court with the defense’s final witness, a forensic investigator who confirmed that Keith Reed’s Chevy Silverado contained a handgun.

According to Lieutenant Mark Polowy, a member of the Chautauqua County forensic investigation team, Reed had a loaded .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun and two magazines in the center console of his vehicle.

Reed also had a night stick in one of his two vehicles; the other being a white sedan.

Both vehicles were parked on Reed’s driveway the day police investigated his home, three days after Reed died in an apparent homicide on Sept. 21, 2012, according to Polowy.

Foley had Polowy confirm that the Silverado was still locked when police tried to open it.

The console that contained the gun was also closed.

Ward rejected the defense’s request to bring Sara Alishauskas, Reed’s former student who previously testified about her ongoing friendship with Reed, because the relationship would only bring speculative information.

The defense wanted Alishauskas’s testimony to reveal more of Reed’s mental state that led to his apparent homicide.