MAYVILLE - Anthony Robert Taglianetti II, the Virginia man suspected of murdering Clymer Schools Superintendent Keith Reed Jr., was back in Chautauqua County on Tuesday.
Officers from the Chautauqua County Sheriff's office traveled almost 15 hours in a round-trip effort to have Taglianetti answer a second-degree murder charge. If convicted the ex-Marine could face 25 years to life in prison.
Taglianetti wore a blue t-shirt and jeans as he was escorted from an un-marked sheriff's vehicle into Chautauqua County Jail. The suspect, who is scheduled to appear in front of County Court Judge John T. Ward this morning, did not respond when asked of Reed's murder by a reporter.
Anthony Robert Taglianetti II, right, is led into the Chautauqua County Jail by investigators in the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday afternoon. Taglianetti, who is suspected of murdering Clymer Schools Superintendent in September, is scheduled to appear in County Court this morning in front of Judge John T. Ward.
P-J photo by Eric Tichy
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace said the return trip from Virginia took about seven hours. The sheriff was told by transporting officers that Taglianetti was quiet and cooperative.
''It was an uneventful transport,'' Gerace said.
The sheriff said it is important for Taglianetti to answer the charges in Chautauqua County.
''Well I think, personally, it is important to the community that he is returned to be brought to justice,'' he said. ''As sheriff, he is just another inmate in our facility.''
A TIMELINE OF EVENTS
Sept. 24 - The body of Keith Reed Jr. was found dead outside his Clymer-Sherman Road home by a member of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's K-9 Unit. Police were notified of Reed's disappearance days earlier by friends and staff at the Clymer Central School District. Police had searched the superintendent's home a day earlier, but found him just outside the woods near his home.
Sept. 27 - The Sheriff's Office named Anthony Robert Taglianetti II as a suspect in Reed's death. Taglianetti, 42, an ex-Marine, was a resident of Woodbridge, Va. Police released no motive as to why Taglianetti would drive more than six hours from Virginia to Clymer to shoot Reed.
Sept. 28 - Sheriff Joe Gerace and David Foley, Chautauqua County district attorney, named Taglianetti as the prime suspect into the death of Reed at a press conference. Gerace said it is likely that Taglianetti, who had worked as an oral historian at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Va., was back in Virginia. The sheriff and district attorney said Taglianetti should be considered armed and dangerous.
Sept. 29 - Friends and family members gathered at a packed United Congregational Methodist Church in Salamanca for the funeral of Reed.
"Every person says the same thing: that he brought out the best in them. He made such an impact. He raised the level of excellence in everyone. The kids loved him. He had a gift with kids," said the Rev. Erin Beckerink, pastor of Clymer Hill Reformed Church.
The same day, Taglianetti is located and apprehended by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force and the Harrisonburg Police Department in Virginia. Police earlier released photos of a car similar to one driven by the suspect. Taglianetti was spotted traveling near the Shenandoah National Park, and was taken into custody without incident.
Sept. 30 - Police said a handgun was discovered in the 2003 Buick Century driven by Taglianetti. Sheriff Gerace, however, could not definitively say it was the weapon used to fire three gunshots that killed Reed. Taglianetti was formally charged with second degree murder.
Oct. 2 - Taglianetti refused to waive extradition back to New York, leaving him in Prince William County, Va., until an extradition hearing is conducted. A governor's warrant was sought by the district attorney's office.
Oct. 3 - Police learned that Taglianetti may have visited the Clymer school where Reed worked the day of his shooting. Ed Bailey, then-acting superintendent and principal of Clymer Central School, said a man fitting the description of Taglianetti visited the school.
Nov. 28 - An extradition hearing was set for Taglianetti on Dec. 21. It was expected that the suspect in Reed's death would be back in New York by the end of the year.
Dec. 10 - The district attorney's office announced that Taglianetti failed to file a writ of habeas corpus in Virginia where has been held. As a result, Foley said, the suspect was eligible for an "immediate return" to New York to answer the murder charge.
Dec. 18 - Taglianetti was extradited back to Chautauqua County after deputies left a day earlier to retrieve him. Foley said Taglianetti will go before County Court Judge John T. Ward for his first appearance in court.
Today - Taglianetti at 10 a.m. is scheduled to appear in Chautauqua County Court.
Reporter Dennis Phillips contributed to this report.