CLYMER, N.Y. (WIVB) - Wednesday is day two of testimony in the high-profile murder trial of Anthony Taglianetti, who is on trial for the murder of Clymer School Superintendent Keith Reed.
Former Erie County coroner Diane Vertes, who recently retired, was on the stand Wednesday, talking about pictures from the scene. She performed the autopsy on Reed, and says he was shot three times. One of the three bullets pierced his lungs and aorta, killing him.
Vertes also says there was powder on Reed’s body, meaning he was shot at close range. She determined the cause of death to be homicide.
Opening statements in Anthony Taglianetti’s murder trial finished up very early Tuesday and multiple witnesses were called to the stand, including the victim’s daughter.
Prosecutors say Reed and Taglianetti’s wife Mary had a brief relationship two years before the murder, after meeting on Match.com while the Taglianettis were separated.
After Mary and her husband reunited, prosecutors say it appears she had no contact with Reed until April 2012, when she sent him a friend request on Facebook. Prosecutors say the two "sexted" one another until Taglianetti sent Reed an e-mail, warning him to stay away from Mary. Prosecutors say Reed responded by saying, "Please both of you just leave me alone." It was after that message that authorities believe Taglianetti came to WNY to kill Reed.
At some point during the trial, jurors will see Taglianetti as seen on surveillance video coming to Clymer Central Schools, looking for Reed. They will also hear from Taglianetti's wife, Mary.
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