BOONE, Iowa — A former Boone man will stand trial in February for the death of his wife three years ago.
Alexander Fazzino is charged with first degree murder. He’s accused of killing his wife, Emily.
Her body was found in the bathroom of the couple’s home on January 29th, 2012 after her husband called 911 claiming someone was trying to drown themselves in the tub.
During the investigation Fazzino told detectives his wife was addicted to pain medication and admitted Emily had filed divorce papers about a week before her death.
Results of an autopsy performed by the Iowa State Medical Examiner showed Emily died of undetermined causes, but the report noted she had several areas of trauma on her neck, throat, and the sides and front of her head. No drugs were found in her system at the time of her death.
A forensic pathology expert reviewed the autopsy findings and concluded Emily died of asphyxia due to neck compressions and/or drowning, calling her death a homicide.
Fazzino’s trial has been delayed five times, most recently so he could care for his daughter as she recovered from a bone marrow transplant.
The trial is set to begin February 22nd in Winneshiek County.