The Virginia man accused of driving hundreds of miles to upstate New York to kill the superintendent of a small school district believed the man was having an affair with his wife, a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Anthony Robert Taglianetti II made the more than six hour drive after intercepting a communication between the Clymer, N.Y., resident and Taglianetti's wife, said the person, who requested anonymity because the information was not being publicly released by authorities. The two had had a romantic relationship some time ago when the Taglianettis were separated, the person said.
Authorities discovered a handgun in the car Taglianetti was driving when he was captured Friday in Virginia following a nationwide search, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace said Saturday. The weapon will be sent for ballistics testing to discover whether it was used in the killing.
"I can tell you he was a very controlling man, and I'm glad he is where he is right now," said Taglianetti's estranged wife, Mary Taglianetti.
From the front porch of their Woodbridge home, Mary pleaded for privacy for her family. She confirmed she and her husband had separated, adding,"He's guilty, and I'm glad he's there. We've had a rough marital history.'
Anthony, 42, of Woodbridge, Va., was charged with second-degree murder hours after his capture, and will appear in court Monday to discuss the possibility of his extradition, Gerace said. It wasn't clear whether he had a lawyer, and a man answering the phone at a number listed under Taglianetti's name declined to comment.
Authorities found Keith Reed Jr.'s body Monday about 150 feet from his Clymer home, where he lived alone. He apparently was shot more than once.
On Thursday, Gerace's office said it was searching for Taglianetti in connection with the shooting. The next day, deputies with a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force found him on a rural road in the Shenandoah County area of Virginia. They had issued a description of his vehicle earlier, saying they believed it was loaded with camping and survival equipment.
Reed had been superintendent of the one-building Clymer Central School District and its 468 students since November.
The small town, 70 miles south of Buffalo near Pennsylvania, has a population of about 1,500. Reed's funeral was held Friday at the United Congregational Methodist Church in Salamanca. His three daughters gave the eulogy, WGRZ-TV reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.