MAYVILLE – Her marriage in shambles and her sexually explicit email with another man uncovered, Mary Taglianetti sent a text message to her husband pleading for him to return home.
“Please come back. … I’m so confused,” she wrote at 11:54 p.m. Sept. 20, 2012, after Anthony “Rob” Taglianetti II stormed out of their Virginia home.
By then, Anthony Taglianetti had begun his 350-mile drive to the Chautauqua County town of Clymer, where the other man, Keith L. Reed Jr., lived.
“If you are going to see Keith you have lost my respect,” Mary Taglianetti wrote in another text.
On the sixth day of testimony Wednesday in Anthony Taglianetti’s murder trial, Sgt. Michael Williams of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office described the text exchanges between the Taglianettis both before and after Reed, the Clymer school superintendent, went missing Sept. 21.
Reed’s body was found Sept. 24, 2012, in a row of shrubs and trees outside his home. Anthony Taglianetti, 43, is on trial in Chautauqua County Court, accused of fatally shooting him.
Shortly after angrily leaving their home, Anthony Taglianetti replied Sept. 21 to his wife’s texts. “I just need some time to think so I can stay mentally stable,” he wrote.
He later wrote, “I will be home later today I can’t let David down.”
He returned to Virginia on the morning of Sept. 22.
Anthony Taglianetti took his son to a Washington, D.C., museum, then fell asleep in the afternoon and slept through the night. The following morning – Sept. 23 – Mary Taglianetti and her children went to church. Anthony Taglianetti stayed home. When she returned home, he had left a note on the kitchen table, saying he needed to “get away and work out some things.”
She sent him more text messages. “I promise to be a better wife, let’s renew our vows this weekend,” she wrote, according to Sgt. Williams.
In another text, she wrote, “We need a date Friday.”
A couple of days later, on Sept. 25, she sent another text.
“Would you consider marriage counseling,” she asked.
And then she texted, “I’m so sorry for my sins.”
Instead of a date with his wife on Friday, Sept. 28, Rob Taglianetti was apprehended by U.S. marshals in a remote forest in Virginia, where he had set up a campsite.
He was charged with second-degree murder in Reed’s death. The school superintendent was shot three times.
FBI Special Agent Luis DeJesus, a member of the bureau’s cellular analysis team, described how Anthony Taglianetti’s cellphone was tracked to Clymer using cellular towers.
DeJesus said the cellphone owned by Taglianetti was used from Virginia to Clymer and then back to Virginia between Sept. 20 and Sept. 22.
In other testimony Wednesday, James Hickey, a postal clerk from Virginia, testified that he took a passport application from Taglianetti on Monday, Sept. 24.
His passport application listed plans to travel to Israel.
The clerk testified that the application indicated that Anthony Taglianetti had lost his passport and wrote, “Not sure where but could not find it when my current travel plans came up.”
Hickey said he checked identification and asked Taglianetti some questions before signing the form and preparing it for transfer to the U.S. State Department. Anthony Taglianetti listed his occupation as “historian for the US Marine Corps,” Hickey said.
Anthony Taglianetti’s defense team tried to get a copy of his flight reservation to Tel Aviv thrown out as evidence in the trial.
Assistant District Attorney Grace M. Hanlon succeeded in persuading the judge to admit a laptop that was collected from Anthony Taglianetti’s car and a copy of the airline booking.
A law enforcement official assigned to a regional computer forensics lab in Buffalo testified he made a CD of the laptop’s contents, including a booking receipt from “CheapoAir” for a one-way flight for Taglianetti from Dulles Airport to Tel Aviv on Oct. 12, 2012.
Investigator Randall Boland of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, the last witness Wednesday, testified that he was assigned in December 2012 to transport the defendant from Virginia to Chautauqua County.
Boland said he advised Taglianetti to use the bathroom before they left for Chautauqua County. “I know it is seven or eight hours,” Taglianetti replied, according to Boland.