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Police: Brother claims Jason D'Avolio admitted to putting wife's body in dumpster

Jason D’Avolio told his brother his wife, Kerrilee, took her own life before he put her body in a dumpster, according to testimony heard in Oneida County Court Thursday.

Posted: Dec 19, 2019 1:15 PM
Updated: Dec 19, 2019 5:49 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – What began between brothers was laid bare during testimony for a hearing for Jason D'Avolio-the Rome man accused of killing his wife and putting her body in a dumpster this summer. 

"He said that Jason had told him his children don't have a mother anymore. And she had taken her own life and then he had, Jason had taken the body, wrapped it in a sheet, put it in a dumpster. Taken the gun and ammunition and threw it in the Mohawk River, then went back to the house, Cloroxed the house," said Sgt. Peter Colburn, of the New Hartford Police Department. Colburn and others from the department responded to a Chadwicks automotive shop July 29th, summoned by Jason D'Avolio's brother, Christian D'Avolio. 

Jason’s brother, Christian D’Avolio, told a New Hartford police officer that he thought it was odd that Jason bought a hunting rifle a month prior -- because he didn’t hunt.

Christian also told police Jason said after Kerrilee killed herself, he wrapped her body in a sheet, put it in a dumpster and threw the weapon in the Mohawk River. Jason also allegedly said he ‘Cloroxed’ the house after the incident. Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Norman Lyke says he smelled a strong scent of Clorox at Kerrilee's home when he went to investigate.

The hearings Thursday were set to review the manner in which police obtained statements in the case, and the validity of the identification process. The judge will rule on these hearings at a later date.

Jason was charged with second-degree murder and concealment of a human corpse after his wife's body was found in the Ava landfill on July 30, 2019. He pleaded not-guilty to all charges in September.

The hearings were to determine the admissability at trial of statements Jason D'Avolio allegedly made to police, and to examine the manner in which D'Avolio was identified as a suspect in his wife's murder. The judge reserved decision.  All parties are back in court January 22nd, to determine where the case goes from there. 

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