Taglianetti Case Nears the End

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MAYVILLE, NY--  The defense in the Anthony Taglianetti trial only presented one witness. There could be one more witness called today before the defense decides to rest.

Anthony R. Taglianetti is accused of killing Clymer Schools Superintedent Keith Reed last year over an alleged love affair with Taglianetti's wife Mary.

Closing arguments could take place on Thursday and then jurors will begin deliberations. 

The lone defense witness was part-time Chautauqua Co. Sheriff's Deputy Todd Beckerink

At time of murder investigation, Beckerink was a town of Ellicott Police Officer and assistant manager of the Chautauqua County forensic team.

He testified he was called to the Reed residence the day the Superintendent's body was found. It was his job to photograph inside and outside of the house.  Beckerink says he took 200 photos, not looking for anything in particular. 

The jury saw photos of four different handguns found in Reed's home, as well as a picture that showed six long guns and another long gun and a picture of Reed's desk.

Beckerink testified that weapons were located in a spare bedroom, except one handgun which was in a kitchen cabinet between a can of sugar and Slimfast, with butt of the gun facing out.

Beckerink also testified that he didn't know caliber of handguns.

Last week the prosecution rested its case against Anthony R. Taglianetti, following testimony from a firearms examiner.  It is now the defense's turn.

He was one of the more than 40 witnesses who testified for the prosecution.

Mary Taglianetti also took the stand and detailed her affair with Reed.

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