DECORAH, Iowa — A verdict has been reached in the trial of a Boone man accused of killing his wife in 2012.
Alexander Fazzino was found not guilty on Wednesday afternoon in a Winneshiek County courtroom.
Fazzino was charged with killing his wife, Emily, in their Boone home in 2012.
Closing arguments wrapped up Tuesday in the case during which the defense argued Emily’s drug addiction led to her accidental death.
Meanwhile, the state asked the jury to look at all the evidence.
Both sides used their final words to show Emily Fazzino as two different people.
“This is not some weak, drug-addicted, alcohol-withdrawn 32-year-old woman. She’s sticking up for herself, she’s starting to stand up for herself. And you know who didn’t like it? Alex Fazzino didn’t like it,” Assistant Iowa Attorney General Scott Brown told the jury.
Fazzino’s attorney William Kutmus shook a bottle of pills in front of the jury during closing arguments saying, “This is the marital issue. This is what he screamed about, and he howled about and he howled about in his grief. Not greed.”
The trial was moved to Winneshiek County because of pre-trial publicity.