Opening Statements in Anthony Taglianetti Murder Trial

October 22, 2013 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 6:11 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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October 22, 2013 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 6:11 PM EDT

MAYVILLE, NY (WKBW) - The blood of slain Clymer Schools Superintendent Keith Reed Junior was found on and inside the barrel of a gun belonging to murder defendant Anthony Taglianetti.

Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley offered that information to the jury in his opening statement of Taglianetti's murder trial on Tuesday morning.

Taglianetti, a husband and father of four from Virginia, is charged with second-degree murder in Reed's death.

Reed was shot at point blank range, once in the chest and twice in the back, Foley said. His body was discovered in some brush near his Clymer home on September 24, 2012 after he was reported missing by colleagues two days earlier.

Reed was a no show at a statewide superintendents conference in Eastern New York on Sept. 22, 2012. Prosecutors said Reed never left for the trip. His luggage was packed and found near the front door of his home.

Foley told the jury that Taglianetti traveled to Western New York after he discovered an email between his wife Mary and Reed, who had an affair in 2010 while Taglianetti and his wife were separated.

Taglianetti even posed as a substitute teacher in search of a job and tried to meet with Reed at his office just hours before the killing, Foley said.

He told the jury that they would see surveillance video of Taglianetti attempting to confront Reed, who was out of this office at the time.

An ATM receipt found near the body, Foley said, belonged to Taglianetti.

It is the first time that many of these details have been revealed publicly.

Taglianetti's defense attorney, Nathaniel Barone, told the jury that Taglianetti "did not murder Kieth Reed."

Calling his client Rob, not Anthony, Barone said Taglianetti was a loving family man who was dedicated to fixing his rocky marriage.

Robert is Taglianetti's middle name.

Barone told the jury that Mary Taglianetti is a master manipulator and a puppeteer who cheated on her husband with at least two men, including Reed, and continued the relationships online through email and phone calls which included "sexting" and excplicit messages.

Testimony in the trial began late in the morning. The trial is expected to last two to four weeks.

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