An extradition hearing for Anthony Robert Taglianetti, the suspected killer of former Clymer Central School superintendent Keith Reed Jr., has been set for Dec. 21.
Reed was found dead Sept. 24 outside his home on Clymer-Sherman Road. Taglianetti was named as the suspect in Reed's killing on Sept. 27 and taken into custody the next day near Shenandoah Valley National Park in Virginia. He then fought extradition from Virginia.
David Foley, Chautauqua County district attorney, has been in contact with the commonwealth of Virginia throughout the investigation and preparations for the trial.
"Taglianetti's hearing is to take place on Dec. 21," said Foley. "It is within reason to assume, then, that he will be extradited on Dec. 26 or Dec. 27, pending the results of the extradition hearing."
During the extradition hearing, the judge will determine if there is a charge that exists in New York state and that the person named in the charge is one and the same. If the judge finds both of those things, Taglianetti will be extradited back to New York to stand trial.
Once Taglianetti is returned to New York state, he'll be taken before the Clymer town justice to be arraigned on the felony complaint. The court will then set a preliminary hearing, which the district attorney's office is obligated to run. If the court finds there is a reasonable basis to hold Taglianetti, then he will be detained and the case will proceed to a grand jury. If the grand jury finds there is enough evidence present to hand up an indictment, jury selection can begin and a trial scheduled.
Ryan Atkins contributed to this article.