BOONE, Iowa (AP) — A Boone man whose wife had filed for divorce killed her and then told police she overdosed on prescription pills, according to an affidavit released Monday by Iowa investigators.
The arrest of Alexander Fazzino, 39, on Sunday came more than a year after Emily Fazzino, 32, was found naked and unresponsive on a bathroom floor in the couple's house.
Alexander Fazzino has been charged with first-degree murder. A warrant for his arrest was issued Friday, and he was detained Sunday in the parking lot of a Kansas City-area sporting goods store. He remains in jail in Missouri.
A message left for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was not immediately returned Monday.
The affidavit said that Alexander Fazzino wasn't getting along with his wife at the time of her Jan. 29, 2012, death. Officers had responded to a domestic dispute report from their house a week earlier. Emily Fazzino filed for divorce the day after that, and her husband filed for full custody of their three children.
Emily Fazzino told her father on the day of her death that she was scared to go home and be alone with her husband, according to the affidavit.
Police found her unresponsive in the bathroom of the master bedroom after Alexander Fazzino called 911 and told a dispatcher his wife was trying to kill herself. He said he found her facedown in the tub and placed her on the floor.
He later told police his wife overdosed on prescription pills, though he didn't have an explanation about bruises on her body, according to the affidavit.
The Iowa Medical Examiner's Office said Emily Fazzino's remains had no sign of drug abuse or a drug overdose. Her autopsy identified several areas of trauma, including the neck, throat and several areas of the head.
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