UPDATE : Rome Police say they will be releasing more information on the death of Kerrilee D'Avolio Thursday morning

The body of Kerrilee D'Avolio was uncovered on Tuesday at the Ava landfill and her husband, Jason D'Avolio, claims wife killed herself; police, prosecutors await autopsy

Posted: Jul 31, 2019 12:29 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2019 10:32 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Rome Police say investigators are still conducting interviews, processing evidence and waiting for results of the autopsy, but they expect to release more information on the death of Kerrilee D'Avolio Thursday morning.

Police and prosecutors say Jason D'Avolio lead them to the dumpster where he put his wife's body and the canal where he dumped the gun used to kill her....but that D'Avolio claims he's not the one who pulled the trigger. 

 "His wife killed herself and that he then disposed of her body and disposed of the weapon she used to kill herself and then cleaned up the residence," says Oneida County District Attorney, Scott McNamara, recallinging Jason D'Avolio's account of what happened in the couple's Belmont Street home, in Rome, over the weekend. 

Logic and prior experience have McNamara questioning Jason D'Avolio's version of events. 

"We've seen a lot of suicides. I don't ever remember a family disposing of a body or the weapon used then cleaning it all up on top of that. That's not usually what happens. Usually, they call the police," said McNamara. 

Science will likely clear things up; an autopsy was to be performed on Kerrilee D'Avolio Tuesday, in Onondaga County.  It will answer the most pressing questions, the answers to which will tell authorities what happened on Belmont Street; exactly who used a long gun to shoot and kill Kerrilee D'Avolio. 

"The ability of someone to hold it at different parts of their body and pull the trigger, so it really makes a huge difference to us where the entry wound is," said McNamara.  "Are there multiple shots fired?"

McNamara believes the couple's children, ages 2, 4 and 5, were in the home at the time of the shooting. He doesn't know if they saw it and isn't willing to push that issue right away. 

"As much as we'd like to get answers to those questions, the time and place and also a way of doing that. There will be a time where we'll use the investigators that are properly trained to interview children. But I don't know if this is the time. I'm not gonna ask anybody to go back and hit these kids up with a hard interview at this time," said McNamara. 

Jason D'Avolio is currently charged only with concealment of a human corpse. He's being held at the Oneida County Jail with $10,000 bail. More charges are possible once police and prosecutors have preliminary autopsy results in hand. 

no reason to believbe kids saw it, but haven't pushed them

12:50 'as much as we'd like to get answers to those questions, the time and place and also a way of doing that.12:59 "There will be a time where we'll use the investigators that are properly trained to interview children. but I don't know if this is the time. I'm not gonna ask anybody to go back and hit these kids up with a hard interview at this time"

believe kids in house

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