Taglianetti murder trial to begin Tuesday


OBSERVER Mayville Bureau

MAYVILLE – It took a month, but the jury for the murder trial of a man accused of killing a south county school superintendent has finally been seated.

District Attorney David Foley confirmed the conclusion of jury selection, which resulted in 12 jurors and four alternates. Foley said there will not be any action before the parties return to Chautauqua County Court on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. for the beginning of the trial. Jury selection officially began Sept. 19.

A clerk in the Rochester-based Appellate Division of New York State Supreme Court Fourth Judicial Department also confirmed that a change of venue request for the trial was denied and the case will be staying in Chautauqua County.

Public Defender Ned Barone previously had filed a motion for a change of venue in the case. Barone’s client, a former Dale City, Va., resident is charged with driving to New York and shooting Keith Reed Jr., Clymer Central School superintendent, over an alleged affair between Reed and Taglianetti’s wife.

Since the proceedings for jury selection in the case began last month, Barone has been vocal about the amount of publicity the case has received.

Police named Taglianetti a suspect in the Sept. 21, 2012, homicide of Reed. He was taken into custody days later in Virginia, and in December was extradited to Chautauqua County. On Dec. 19, 2012, Taglianetti pleaded innocent to a second-degree murder charge.