ROME – According to the Oneida County District Attorney's office, an Oneida County Grand Jury has just returned an indictment charging Jason D’Avolio with second-degree murder and concealment of a human corpse in the death of his wife Kerrilee D’Avolio. The murder charge is a class A felony.
The indictment alleges that Jason intentionally killed his wife by shooting her in the back of the head with a deadly weapon, and then removed her body from the scene of her death and deposited it into a garbage dumpster.
District Attorney Scott McNamara says the Onondaga County medical examiner's findings are consistent with the indictment.
Rome Police found Kerrilee's body in the Ava Landfill on July 30, 2019.
At the request of the Rome Police Department, an Oneida County Sheriff's Office dive team searched an area of the Barge Canal off the Mill Street bridge just days after Kerrilee was found dead. Within an hour, divers found a Remington 77, which matched the description of the gun Rome police were looking for.
As previously reported, police say the couple was divorcing. Jason told police his wife killed herself and that he disposed of her body and the weapon she used.
McNamara believes the couple's children, ages 2, 4 and 5, were in the home at the time of the shooting. The children are currently in the custody of family members.
Jason is expected to be arraigned next week on the murder charge.