Four police officers and a Chadwicks businessman took the witness stand Wednesday, in Oneida County Court, on the first day of testimony in Jason D'Avolio's murder trial. Jurors also heard from D'Avolio, himself, although he didn't utter a word in court.
Police were first lead to D'Avolio July 29th of last year, when D'Avolio went to see his brother, Christian, at his job. Whatever D'Avolio told his brother made him so upset, he sobbed into his boss' shoulder, and the boss called 911, bringing New Hartford Police and Oneida County Sheriff's Deputies to his automotive business, in Chadwicks. Police brought Jason D'Avolio to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office for questioning about his estranged wife, Kerrilee D'Avolio's, disappearance.
"He said she had no clue, that she jumped in a pickup truck with somebody," New Hartford Police Chief, Michael Inserra, said from the witness stand. Inserra had responded to the automotive garage July 29th
The recorded interview of D'Avolio, by police, was played on a courtroom monitor Wednesday.
"No, I did not kill my wife. I did not harm my wife, I did not kill my wife, I did not do anythng to my wife," said D'Avolio, during the interview.
Suddenly and inexplicably, D'Avolio's story took a drastic turn, as he described finding his wife's body in their Rome home.
"All's I see is blood spatter, everywhere. Then, I look and I see the gun is on the floor. She's sitting there laying sideways, her hands behind her."
D'Avolio claimed his wife killed herself, using a long gun he'd bought at the Rome Wal Mart, earlier that year.
'I don't know why she did it," he told investigators, during the interview.
D'Avolio relayed, in graphic detail, how he cleaned his wife's remains, the bloody room where he found her, and, told police where they'd find her body: in a nearby dumpster.
D'Avolio said the two were having marriage problems, but said, with a chilling choice of words, that he still loved her.
"I love her to death".
Testimony resumes Thursday morning at 10:15 am.