Prosecutor Daniel Kolacia, right, introduced as evidence a bath caddy found in Emily Fazzino's bathtub. (Photo by Dennis Magee, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier)
Prosecutor Daniel Kolacia, right, introduced as evidence a bath caddy found in Emily Fazzino's bathtub. (Photo by Dennis Magee, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier)
   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.