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.”