BOONE, Iowa—After a year long investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Boone Police Department, 39 year old Alexander Joseph Fazzino has been arrested and charged with Murder in the First Degree, a Class A Felony. Fazzino is accused of killing his wife, 32 year old Emily Beckwith Fazzino. He is being held at Lee’s Summit Police Department Jail in Independence, Missouri on a $1.5 million bond
On January 29, 2012, the Boone Police Department received a 911 call from Alexander Fazzino, who indicated his wife was attempting to kill herself. Upon arrival at the Fazzino residence at 1210 South View Court in Boone, police located Emily Fazzino in the bathroom – lying on the floor, cold to the touch and unresponsive.
An autopsy conducted by the State Medical Examiner’s Office revealed Emily’s remains had no sign of drug abuse nor a drug overdose. The autopsy also identified several areas of trauma, including the neck and throat, as well as the sides and front of her head. A forensic pathology expert reviewed the autopsy findings and concluded that she died of asphyxia due to neck compressions and/or drowning.
It should be noted a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.