BOONE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man charged with killing his wife has spent months fighting with her estate to receive proceeds from her $250,000 life insurance policy, court records show.
Alexander Fazzino, 39, filed the insurance claim in June 2012. An insurance company said in a document filed with a Missouri court that Emily Fazzino bought the policy in 2003 and named her husband as beneficiary.
Alexander Fazzino is accused of killing his 32-year-old wife on Jan. 29, 2012. He was arrested Sunday in Lee's Summit, Mo., and he was returned Wednesday to Boone County, where he's being held on $1.5 million bail.
Boone Bank and Trust Co., the insurance company, has contested Fazzino's request because of the suspicious nature of his wife's death. It filed a petition asking a Missouri circuit court to keep the money until a judge could determine whether Fazzino or his wife's estate and their three children should get the money.
Emily Fazzino was found naked on a bathroom floor in the couple's house, according to court documents. Her husband called 911 and told a dispatcher that his wife was trying to kill herself. He later told investigators that he believed his wife had overdosed on prescription pills.
The Iowa Medical Examiner's Office said Emily Fazzino's remains had no signs of drug abuse or a drug overdose. Her autopsy identified several areas of trauma, including the neck, throat and head.
Alexander Fazzino moved from Boone to Missouri to live with family after his wife's death. He filed the insurance claim four months later.