A trial is designed as an
adversarial process, and defense attorneys and prosecutors in Alexander
Fazzino's murder trial battled at times Wednesday morning.
To the point, Judge Michael
Moon reminded both sides they are responsible "for giving the professional
courtesy that is expected" in an Iowa courtroom.
Fazzino, 41, is charged with
killing his wife, Emily Fazzino, 32, on Jan. 29, 2012, in the couple's home in
Boone. Judge Moon moved the case to Winneshiek County based, in part, on
extensive pre-trial media coverage.
The trial began Monday in
Decorah with jury selection. Prosecutors Daniel Kolacia and Scott Brown began
calling witnesses Tuesday afternoon and continued Wednesday with additional
paramedics and police officers who got involved with the case on the night
Emily Fazzino died.
Officer Korie Barber told
jurors he arrived at the Fazzino's duplex with two colleagues for what they
thought was a suicide. He spent much of his time with Alexander Fazzino.
"He said his wife was
trying to drown herself," Barber testified.
Initially, Alexander Fazzino
and his three children were "running around in circles crying."
Fazzino later punched a hole in a kitchen cabinet door, according to Barber.
Kolacia asked officer Barber
what else he noticed about Fazzino.
"I found it odd that he
was crying a lot but I didn't notice any tears," Barber said.
Barber added Fazzino seemed to
develop a pattern: When someone new arrived at the house or he took a phone
call, Fazzino appeared to get upset and to sob.
"Moments later he would be
back to normal," Barber testified.
Barber also fielded a question
from one of the Fazzino children.
" 'Does this mean I'm not
going to have a mommy anymore?' " Barber said.
According to the officer,
Fazzino aswered the child: " 'Don't talk. Let's pray.' "
Barber also spoke to Cindy
Beckwith, Emily Fazzino's mother, that night. She advanced a theory, according
to the officer.
"She was adamant that Mr.
Fazzino had murdered her daughter," Barber said.
Capt. Kent Peterson with the
Boone Fire Department testified about inserting an oral airway into Emily
Fazzino's throat. He described the scene in the home as "normal
chaos" for such an event.
Critical Paramedic Justin
Holihan, paramedic John DeLavergne and Peterson all testified the emergency
medical procedures were performed on Emily Fazzino without any difficulties.
Each testified no one touched the woman's neck where bruising was observed by
officers John Wiebold and Josh Olsen.