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Testimony focuses on forensics in Taglianetti trial

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MAYVILLE, N.Y. — Following Tuesday's emotional start to the Anthony Robert Taglianetti trial in Mayville, Wednesday's testimony was more scientific.

Taglianetti faces second degree murder charges in the shooting death of Clymer superintendent Keith Reed.

Chautauqua County coroner James Jackson took the stand first and described the crime scene when he arrived there Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.

Jackson said he found Reed's body face down on its left side, and he was wearing a shirt and tie, dress pants and no shoes. Jackson said Reed was shot three times at close range, once in the chest area and twice in the back.

He testified Reed died of multiple gunshot wounds, and determined the death a homicide.

Upon cross examination, public defender Nathaniel Barone questioned Jackson's identification of the wounds as small, and not based on any specific caliber.

Retired ECMC chief medical examiner Doctor Dianne Vertes also took the stand. She performed Reed's autopsy on Sept. 25, 2012, and reviewed the report with the jury. She also confirmed the shots were fired at close range, and that the fatal shot went through Reed's lower back.

Neither witness, however, could pinpoint just how long the body had been lying in the hedge by Reed's home.

Barone also questioned why the blood found on Reed's right thumb and fingernail was not analyzed.

Testimony resumes Thursday morning.

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