CLYMER, N.Y. (WIVB) - Jury selection in the trial of a man accused of killing a local school superintendent came to a sudden halt on Tuesday.
The process was expected to take up to three weeks, but before jury selection began on Tuesday, the defense made claims the prosecution had not shared important information.
Anthony Taglianetti is accused of murdering Clymer schools superintendent Keith Reed outside Reed's home one year ago. Taglianetti's attorney is anticipating a high-profile trial.
"It's never easy walking into a case like this, but especially given the notoriety, the people involved, the communities involved, it makes it even more difficult," public defender Ned Barone said.
Prosecutors believe Taglianetti drove to Chautauqua County and shot Reed because he believed the school administrator was having an affair with his wife.
But Taglianetti's lawyer Ned Barone says his client never confessed.
"He's maintained his innocence from the very beginning. In fact, Mr. Taglianetti has made no statements, either in Virginia or once he was arrested and brought back to New York," Barone said.
There already has been a hitch in the proceedings. On the first day of jury selection, Barone raised an issue to the judge. He says this spring, District Attorney David Foley received some important information about the case but didn't share it with the defense. He claims withholding the information will affect his defense of Taglianetti.
The judge decided to postpone jury selection and hold a hearing Wednesday to discuss this "important information."
The content of that information hasn't been made public.
In the meantime, hundreds of potential jurors wait to see if they'll be brought in for jury selection, which is expected to resume Thursday.
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