MAYVILLE – On the third day of testimony in the Anthony R. Taglianetti II murder trial, a Clymer school secretary recounted today how the unshaven Taglianetti showed up unannounced at Clymer Central School around noon on Sept. 21, 2012, requested an application to be a substitute teacher and asked if Superintendent Keith L. Reed Jr. was in the building.
“He wasn’t polite. He was just blunt, just doing his business,” said Teresa Lombardozzi, the secretary who met with Taglianetti for three or four minutes.
Hours later, Reed went missing, and his body was found Sept. 24 near his Clymer home with three gunshot wounds.
The secretary said Taglianetti, who is charged in Reed’s killing, wore a sweatshirt and looked “a little rough.”
Lombardozzi said she asked Taglianetti if he had a two- or four-year degree to determine which application to give him, and Taglianetti responded that he had two master’s degrees.
As the main office secretary, Lombardozzi normally buzzes in visitors to the locked school through the main entrance doors.
But in this case, Taglianetti appeared outside her door with another school secretary, who earlier testified that she opened the door to let the man into the school and then led him to Lombardozzi’s office.
“There was a man waiting to get my attention. I went to the door and asked what he wanted,” said Dianne Enink, the school’s student services secretary.
Also earlier, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace recounted some details of a an hour-long telephone conversation he had with Taglianetti’s wife, Mary, on the afternoon of Sept. 26, 2012.
“She called us to give information on Keith Reed’s homicide,” said Gerace, who ordered a “be on the look out for” bulletin for Taglianetti based upon the information provided by his wife.
Gerace also said he contacted police in Taglianetti’s hometown in Virginia to send a patrol car to the Taglianetti home because Mary Taglianetti “was in fear for her life.”
Defense attorney Nathaniel Barone objected to Gerace’s statement, and Chautauqua County Court Judge John T. Ward told jurors to disregard it.