MAYVILLE, New York — A Virginia man was convicted Friday of fatally shooting an upstate New York school superintendent over an online relationship he was having with the man's wife.
A Chautauqua County jury deliberated for about three hours before finding Anthony Taglianetti guilty of second-degree murder in the 2012 death of Keith Reed, who headed the Clymer Central School District.
Members of Reed's family cried and embraced outside the courtroom after the verdict, local media reported.
During the more than two-week trial, District Attorney David Foley told jurors that Taglianetti, a 43-year-old ex-Marine, was driven to kill by a sexually explicit email he discovered between his wife and Reed. The two had had a brief physical relationship in 2010 and renewed their acquaintance online in the months before the shooting.
Reed was shot once in the chest and twice in the back last Sept. 21 outside the Clymer home where he lived alone. The 51-year-old's body was found more than two days later after he failed to show up at a superintendent's conference near Albany.
Authorities were pointed toward Taglianetti by his wife, Mary, several days later, after she saw news reports of the killing. Anthony Taglianetti, an oral historian at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia, was arrested near a campsite in Virginia.
Foley said the handgun used to kill Reed was found in Taglianetti's car, wrapped in the August 2012 email.
Taglianetti's attorney, Nathaniel Barone told jurors during his closing arguments Friday that the prosecution's case was pure speculation and that none of the more than 40 witnesses who took the stand had seen what happened.
Barone told jurors that Taglianetti's wife, who testified for prosecutors, was not to be believed.
"She lied to Rob Taglianetti throughout the marriage. She lied to Keith Reed. She lied to us," Barone said, referring to Taglianetti by his middle name. "She will lie to get whatever she needs. You can't consider anything she told you. Absolutely nothing."
Anthony Taglianetti did not testify.