Reed shot at close range, coroner confirms

MAYVILLE – The county coroner confirmed this morning that Keith Reed Jr., former Clymer Central School superintendent, was shot by a gun at close range.

District Attorney David Foley and his prosecution team brought James Jackson, Chautauqua County coroner, to the witness stand Wednesday morning as day two of the Anthony R. Taglianetti II trial began.

Jackson confirmed that Reed’s wounds had a “sooty pattern” around them, which indicated a close range gun shot wound.

“The edges of the entry wound are pushed in,” said Jackson, pointing to an enlarged photograph of Reed’s body being used as evidence. “There is also unburned gunpowder around the wound.”

The trial will continue this afternoon.