MAYVILLE, N.Y. — Testimony in the Anthony Robert Taglianetti trial got off to a quick start Tuesday morning in Mayville.
Taglianetti is charged with second degree murder, accused of driving from Virginia and fatally shooting Clymer superintendent Keith Reed Jr. in September of 2012.
During his opening statements, District Attorney Dave Foley said Taglianetti's wife Mary was in a relationship with Reed in 2010 when the Taglianetti's were separated.
Foley said Mary Taglianetti contacted Reed again two years later through social media and e-mail. Foley says after Taglianetti found one of those e-mails, and headed for Western New York to kill Reed.
He says there's a lot of evidence to prove Taglianetti's guilt, including an ATM receipt of his found near Reed's body.
"This case is not about Keith Reed and Mary Taglianetti's. They are not on trial for their transgression. This trial is about the defendant, an ex-Marine who took action after he discovered this email," said Foley.
Public defender Ned Barone painted a different picture of Taglianetti, describing him as an honorable veteran and a family man who wanted to make his marriage work. Barone called Taglianetti's wife Mary a liar and said Reed had a great deal to lose if the relationship was exposed.
"Rob Taglianetti did not murder Keith Reed. This isn't a story about an affair gone wrong, or a crazed husband seeking justice; this is a story about manipulation and exploitation," said Barone.
Following opening statements, a dozen witnesses took the stand, including Reed's daughter Allison, who broke down in tears as she talked about her relationship with her dad, and how she was with him the day he was shot.
Reed's next-door neighbors also testified they heard three gun shots coming from Reed's home the night of Sept. 21.
Clymer principal Ed Bailey testified he drove by Reed's house that Saturday morning and thought it was odd saw Reed's two cars were still in the driveway. Bailey said he went to the house looking for Reed but did not find him. He went back the next evening, and along with a small search party, but only came up with a book bag and suit coat. Bailey then called the sheriff's office and filed a missing person's report.
The department was able to locate Reed's cell phone signal off a highway exit in Harrisburg, Pa.
A Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputy wrapped up the day's testimony recounting how found Reed's body on Monday, Sept. 24 in the brush and hedges outside the house.
"All of this and more will lead you to only one conclusion: that the evidence and motive to take Keith Reed's life points in only one direction, to the defendant, Anthony Robert Taglianetti II," said Foley.
Following day one of the trial, Foley did not want to appear on camera, but Barone offered his thoughts to YNN after Tuesday's proceedings.
"Nothing out of the ordinary. Things went as expected, we're happy with the first day, we're glad how things went, so we're just getting ready for the next day," said Barone.
Testimony is expected to continue Wednesday morning.