Abington: State Supreme Court upholds first degree murder conviction

In an opinion issued on Monday, the state supreme court has upheld the 2010 first-degree murder conviction of John Tassinari of Abington, who shot his wife Barbara Tassinari to death in April, 2008. Tassinari allegedly shot his wife 18 times, 10 of the gunshots to the head.

The Supreme Judicial Court rejected Tassinari’s claims that the prosecutors’ use of autopsy photos and sexual material was prejudicial, that some testimony was hearsay, and that one juror should not have served because he had dual citizenship.

Tassinari appealed for a new trial or a reduction of his sentence of life with parole.

During his trial, the jury had taken just three hours to convict Tassinari of the charges. Testimony in court indicated that immediately after killing Barbara Tassinari, he telephoned 911 and told police that his wife had been cheating on him for a long time, that he killed her by shooting her more than twelve times, that there were two guns, and that he would wait for them to arrive.

When police officers arrived at the home, they found Barbara Tassinari’s body at the end of the driveway, with casings and ammunition nearby.

Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz had called the shootings “an execution.”

 

 

About David Skill

Dave Skill’s radio career began in the fall of 1964 when he arrived on the campus of Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. Dave barely got his bags unpacked when he paid a visit to WCHC, the campus radio station. And, before he knew it, he was spending so much time as a disc jockey and news writer/reporter, it seemed like he was majoring in “radio” and minoring in academics at “The Cross”. As you might imagine, his grades reflected it! During his junior and senior years, he also worked weekends in news and as a disc jockey at WNEB, the CBS radio affiliate in Worcester at the time.