Premotion conference set in school chief murder

By ERIC TICHY

Special to the OBSERVER

MAYVILLE – Both sides in the high-profile murder case of the Clymer schools superintendent are scheduled to sit down Monday at the Chautauqua County Courthouse.

David Foley, Chautauqua County district attorney, and Ned Barone, county public defender, will meet with County Court Judge John T. Ward in his chambers for the premotion conference involving Anthony Robert Taglianetti II. Both sides will review facts of the case in a closed meeting before setting a scheduling order.

Taglianetti, 42, is accused of shooting Superintendent Keith Reed Jr. outside his Clymer home in September. The Woodbridge, Va., resident and former Marine was indicted by a grand jury for second-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty to the charge in December during arraignment.

“This is really just a procedural matter more than anything else,” Foley said. “Once we get the scheduling order set, we will have a timeline of when things will happen.” The district attorney has said any trial involving Taglianetti most likely will occur during the summer due to a backlog of cases.

According to Barone, Taglianetti will be present at Monday’s conference at which time Barone hopes to get more information into the allegations against his client. The public defender added that his office is “vigorously preparing” a defense.

“We are preparing this case as if it’s going to trial, which it looks like it will,” Barone said. “And you do that with any case you are working on. We are preparing our defense right now.”

He added: “This conference pretty much starts our clock ticking.”

Police believe Taglianetti drove from Virginia to Clymer to shoot Reed, who was found dead at his Clymer-Sherman road home by a K-9 unit. Taglianetti was located five days later by members of the U.S. Marshals Service and the Harrisonburg Police Department in Virginia.

If convicted, Taglianetti faces up to 25 years to life in prison.