MAYVILLE – The murder trial of Anthony “Rob” Taglianetti could be presented to the jury for deliberations as soon as today.
“It looks like the case should be getting to the jury tomorrow,” Chautauqua County Court Judge John T. Ward said in court Wednesday morning.
“There are no guarantees, of course,” Ward told jurors shortly before excusing them for the day.
Defense attorney Nathaniel L. Barone called just one witness, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Beckerink.
It is unclear whether he will call more witnesses today.
Taglianetti is accused of fatally shooting Clymer Central School Superintendent Keith L. Reed Jr. in 2012.
Barone did not rest the defense case.
After a sidebar conference with Barone and District Attorney David W. Foley, Ward decided to excuse the jury for the rest of the day.
Beckerink’s testimony centered primarily on a small arsenal of guns and ammunition found by investigators inside Reed’s Clymer home during their homicide investigation.
Weapons were found in the kitchen, a spare bedroom and Reed’s bedroom during a search on Sept. 24, 2012, the same day Reed’s body was found with three bullet wounds in a hedgerow outside the house.
Beckerink, an officer with the Ellicott Police Department at the time and the assistant manager of a countywide forensics team, took roughly 200 photos inside Reed’s house, including several pictures of handguns, long guns and ammunition that were shown to jurors.
One of the handguns was found in the kitchen, near the stove, inside a closed cupboard between a bag of sugar and a can of Slim-Fast, Beckerink said.
Several other revolvers were found inside their gun cases upstairs in the house in a spare bedroom that Beckerink said appeared to be used as a large closet or storage space.
Investigators also found several long guns and ammunition in the room, and a handgun and a long gun in Reed’s bedroom.
Beckerink also testified he was aware that a handgun had been found in Reed’s pickup truck in the driveway, although Beckerink did not take a photograph of that discovery.