Jason D'Avolio in court, pleads not guilty to wife's murder

The Rome man accused of shooting his wife in the head and putting her body in a dumpster pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Oneida County Court Friday.

Posted: Sep 20, 2019 12:12 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2019 12:19 PM

ROME, N.Y. -- The Rome man accused of shooting his wife in the head and putting her body in a dumpster pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Oneida County Court Friday.  Jason D'Avolio, 47,  pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and concealment of a human corpse. 

Victim Kerrilee D'Avolio's family watched the proceedings from the front row of the courtroom, wearing green shirts with a picture of D'Avolio and her children, and the words, 'in our hearts forever.'

The proceeding was brief-only a few minutes long. The prosecution and defense held a pre-trial conference with the judge at the bench, during which the prosecutor, on behalf of the Oneida County District Attorney's Office, extended a plea offer to D'Avolio.  The details of the offer were not disclosed in court.

D'Avolio is due back in court Oct. 2, 2019, at which time he's expected to tell the court if he wants to accept or reject the offer. He was returned to the Oneida County Jail without bail. The judge told his attorney he could make a formal bail application. 

Rome Police found Kerrilee D'Avolio's body in the Ava Landfill July 30, 2019.  She was 32 years old. 

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