CLYMER, N.Y. (WIVB) - Anthony Taglianetti’s murder trial continued Tuesday, with another crucial day of testimony. The prosecution introduced a number of important pieces of physical evidence.
The jury was shown photos of a bloodstained gun that was found under the seat of Anthony Taglianetti's car. Prosecutors say the gun was found wrapped in a printed e-mail between his wife and Clymer Schools Superintendent Keith Reed. The poster-sized photos showed a .357 Magnum revolver with blood stains on the barrel. The revolver had 38 caliber bullets in it. Four of the six rounds were empty shells, indicating four shots were fired from it.
Reed was shot three times, and prosecutors say the blood on the barrel belonged to Reed, indicating he was shot at close range. Taglianetti's DNA was also present on the weapon.
Taglianetti is accused of driving to Chautauqua County from Virginia last year to kill Reed. Taglianetti’s estranged wife Mary testified for five hours last week. She admitted to having sex with Reed, and prosecutors believe that was Taglianetti's motive.
At Reed's home, where he was murdered, prosecutors say they found an ATM receipt in a tire tread mark left behind by Taglianetti's vehicle. The ATM slip belonged to Taglianetti and came from a machine in Virginia before he began his trek to WNY to kill Reed, according to prosecution experts.
Reed's phone was taken from the murder scene, and dropped in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was answered by a construction worker who found it three days after Reed had been killed.
A crime scene specialist testified for hours on Tuesday, going through all of the evidence found in Taglianetti's car. Other items found included a .22 rifle in the trunk, a cell phone found in the driver's side door and a map of George Washington State Park, where Taglianetti was found a week after the murder.
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