A Pennsylvania father accused of killing his wife of five months reportedly went to a priest and confessed to his crimes immediately after the slaying.
According to GoErie.com, John P. Grazioli, 44, was arrested Thursday for the shooting death of his wife, Amanda Grazioli, 31 (née Schmitt). A recent report indicated that John shot Amanda in the back of her head at their Forest Crossing residence Thursday and left behind a note admitting to the killing. He’s accused of driving to St. Peter Cathedral in Erie and telling a priest about the murder shortly before his arrest.
“He was a little distraught and, after a moment, he pretty much just said I need to tell you that I killed my wife and I am going to go home and kill myself,” Reverend Michael Polinek told the newspaper.
“After a little while, I was able to convince him for the sake of the rest of his family and other people that it would be a good idea to call the police—911.″
GoErie.com also reported that a custody trial for John and his ex-wife’s two children was suspended Monday. In light of the fatal shooting, Erie County Judge John J. Mead suspended John’s custodial rights and awarded sole custody to Erica Grazioli, whom he divorced in 2016.
John and Amanda were married in October. Amanda was supposedly scheduled to testify in the now-suspended custody hearing.
A motive for Thursday’s incident is not immediately known. Millcreek police Captain Mike Kabasinski told GoErie.com that the gun used in the shooting was recovered from John’s coat.
Held without bond, John is charged with criminal homicide, first-degree murder, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering, possessing an instrument of crime, and carrying a firearm without a license. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 23.
[Featured Image: John P. Grazioli/Erie County Jail; Amanda Grazioli/Facebook]