- Associated Press - Monday, February 22, 2016

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) - Court officials and attorneys began selecting from a large pool of potential jurors Monday for the high-profile trial of a former Boone man charged with killing his wife.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (https://bit.ly/1OqbPF2 ) reports 41-year-old Alexander Fazzino is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Emily Fazzino, who was found dead on a bathroom floor at the couple’s Boone home in January 2012. The case has received statewide attention because Emily Fazzino’s grandfather founded the Fareway Stores grocery chain.

She was a victim of either an accidental drowning in her bathtub, strangulation, or possibly intentional drowning. Authorities say Fazzino killed his wife because she wanted to divorce him.

Eighty-six potential jurors appeared Monday in a Decorah County court.

Judge Michael Moon advised potential jurors the trial will last at least two weeks and may go into a third. He will seat 15 jurors to hear the trial, three of whom will serve as alternates and may be dismissed if not needed for deliberations.

Prosecutor Scott Brown questioned a 37-person panel about their exposure to information related to the case. Many of the potential jurors had heard about the case moving from Boone County to Winneshiek. A few said they had discussed the case with friends or colleagues and others had read news stories more thoroughly.

Brown also revealed potential witnesses during questioning. He said jurors may eventually hear from Boone police officers, investigators, Emily Fazzino’s father, sister, brother-in-law and aunt.

Based on other questions, prosecutors may also raise domestic violence issues during the trial. Brown asked the panel if they or someone close to them had ever been involved in such an issue.


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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