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  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Monday, April 8, 2013
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Boone Man Arrested in Kansas City at Conclusion of DCI Death Investigation

Boone, IOWA --- After a year-long investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and 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 Fazzino.

On January 29, 2012 at approximately 8:00 PM, 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.  She was lying on the floor, cold to the touch and unresponsive.  Officers also observed Emily had bruising on her neck and forehead.  All attempts by officers to revive Emily were unsuccessful.

Alexander Fazzino
Alexander Fazzino, 39 years old.

An autopsy conducted by the State Medical Examiner’s Office revealed Emily’s remains had no sign of drug abuse or a drug overdose.  The autopsy also identified several areas of trauma, including the neck and throat, as well as the sides and front of Emily’s head.  Additionally, a forensic pathology expert reviewed the autopsy findings to conclude that Emily died of asphyxia due to neck compressions and/or drowning.

Warrant, Complaint & Affidavit

Fazzino was arrested yesterday, April 7, 2013, at the Dick’s Sporting Goods parking lot by the Lee’s Summit Police Department in Independence, Missouri.  He was booked on an Iowa warrant, into the Lee’s Summit Police Department jail, where he currently remains.  Fazzino is being held on 1.5 million dollars bond.

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.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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