CLYMER, N.Y. (WIVB) - On the third day of the high-profile murder trial of Anthony Taglianetti in Chautauqua County, the accused killer's wife took the stand.
On Thursday, Mary Taglianetti testified about her relationship with Clymer Superintendent Keith Reed, who her husband is accused of shooting three times at close range.
But before Mary took the stand, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace testified he received a call from her five days after the murder, alerting him that her husband may be the suspect. He said the conversation lasted an hour but lawyers didn't ask him to elaborate.
Before Reed's death Taglianetti stopped at Clymer Schools looking for him. Two school secretaries took the stand Thursday morning describing how Taglianetti stopped at the school and was buzzed in. One described him as quiet but blunt, and unshaven. He asked for an application to be a substitute teacher and the secretary asked if he had at least an associates degree. He responded, "I have two master's degrees."
Later Thursday morning, the jury saw grainy surveillance video of a person matching the description of Taglianetti going to the Clymer Central School about nine hours before Reed's murder.
Mary previously stated, “I can tell you he was a very controlling man and I'm glad he is where he is right now. He's guilty and I'm glad he's there. We've had a rough marital history."
On Thursday, more than a year after Reed's murder, she read aloud e-mails traded back and forth between Reed and her husband after her husband had uncovered an explicit e-mail.
Taglianetti wrote: "Don't contact my wife ever again or I will take action."
Reed responded: "Don't contact or threaten me again or I will take action."
Taglianetti replied with: "Bring it on. I will find you. That is your last warning."
Mary testified that the night before Reed's murder, her husband did a Google search for Reed's name, and she thought he would go to the school looking for Reed. She said her husband got up from the computer, brushed his teeth and packed a bag.
She said she asked him where he was going, and said he replied, "Where do you think I'm going?" She said she asked him if he was going to see Reed, and he responded, "Well, I guess you know me well."
Mary e-mailed Reed, telling him, "He Googled your name. I'm worried he will go there and find you at the school. Call in sick."
When her husband returned home the next morning, Mary says she did not initially call police because he told her that Reed was not at home and "it's a good thing that he wasn't home." She believed the two never met up, that is until five days later, when she searched for Keith Reed on Google and discovered he had been murdered.
Mary's testimony was cut short Thursday, and jurors are expected to hear more from her on Friday.
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