The man accused of murdering a Southern Tier school superintendent in September was in Chautauqua County Court for the first time Wednesday - after being extradited from Virginia. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti tells us about Anthony Robert Taglianetti's arraignment and what's next in the case.
MAYVILLE, N.Y. — He's charged with second degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing Clymer Central School District Superintendent Keith Reed Junior at his home nearly three months ago, but Anthony Robert Taglianetti entered a not guilty plea Wednesday in Chautauqua County Court.
"Mr. Taglianetti has maintained his innocence from the very beginning. As a matter of fact, he looked forward to returning to New York state to fight these charges," said Nathaniel Barone, Chautauqua County Public Defender.
However, the District Attorney says Taglianetti, who's a resident of Virginia, initially fought extradition and thinks he would be a flight risk.
"We allege that Mr. Taglianetti came to New York, he has no connection to New York state, following the alleged commission of the crime, he fled New York state. We put a national Be On the Look Out for him at that time, back in September, took us several days to locate him, he was not located at his residence in Virginia," said David Foley, the Chautauqua County District Attorney.
So the judge granted Foley's request and set Taglianetti's bail at $2.5 million cash.
Barone says he expected bail to be high, but disagrees with Foley saying his client was on the run.
"This early on, or even to characterize it as that, is incorrect. Mr. Taglianetti was not on the run," said Barone.
A source told YNN Taglianetti's wife was believed to be involved in some sort of relationship with Reed and the Chautauqua County Sheriff says Taglianetti was in the Clymer Central School building looking for Reed before he was killed.
Barone says he's concerned about finding an impartial jury.
"We are not a big county and one of the things you're going to find is that come the time of trial, there may have been so much pre-trial publicity that it may be difficult to pick a jury in this matter," said Barone.
Barone says he might ask for a gag order going forward.
Both sides are due back in court on January 28 for a pre-motion conference.