Taglianetti Pleads Not Guilty; Bail Set at $2.5 Million

1:00 AM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
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MAYVILLE, NY - Anthony Robert Taglianetti, accused of gunning down a Southern Tier school superintendent in September, pleaded not guilty to the charge of second-degree murder in Chautauqua County Court Wednesday morning.

The judge in the case set bail at $2.5 million dollars or a $5 million bond. The court appearance lasted less than five minutes.

A pre-motion conference has been scheduled for January 28, 2013.

2 On Your Side's Heather Ly was in court Wednesday. She says the defense attorney expressed doubt that Taglianetti could receive a fair trial due to the high-profile, emotionally charged nature of the case. He said he was also concerned that the district attorney may have biased the case by discussing alleged facts with the media and requesting a high bail, saying "my client was not on the run." 

Police believe Taglianetti fatally shot Clymer Central Schools Superintendent Keith Reed, Jr. outside Reed's home. They say Reed had a relationship with Taglianetti's estranged wife which precipitated the alleged murder.

Taglianetti was arrested in Virginia days after the killing and was extradited to Chautauqua County Tuesday.

The brother of Keith Reed was present in court on Wednesday but did not speak with reporters, at the request of the District Attorney.

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