Grazioli, who allegedly confessed to killing his wife, pleads not guilty in court today

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In the beginning of March, an Affidavit of Probable Cause from the Millcreek Police Department stated that John Grazioli, 44, used a 9mm handgun to shoot and kill his 31-year-old wife Amanda in their home in the Whispering Woods subdivision in Millcreek.  Today, he pleads not guilty to that crime.  

The affidavit stated that he purchased the weapon a month previous to Amanda’s death, did not tell her about the weapon, and kept it loaded and hidden in their master bedroom closet.

Authorities said that the suspect’s ex-wife, Erica Grazioli, called police and told them that her ex-husband had called her from his cell phone and told her he had just killed his current wife, Amanda, and that she was at home in her bed.   Upon arrival, Millcreek police found the victim, Amanda Grazioli, deceased in her bed with a gunshot wound to her head.   Nearby was a note that stated “I killed Amanda Schmitt Grazioli –  next of kin Denise Katz.  I killed myself I am profoundly sorry.”   The note was signed, “sorry for all of this, John Grazioli.”

Instead of committing suicide, police say Grazioli drove himself to the rectory at St. Peter Cathedral, where he told a priest that he had killed his wife.  Fr Michael Polinec called 911 and Grazioli eventually surrendered to Erie Police without incident.  The Affidavit reveals that the suspected murder weapon was found inside Grazioli’s coat at the rectory.  Authorities say Grazioli did not have a concealed carry permit for the weapon.

Grazioli was taken to the Millcreek police department where, in a videotaped confession, he allegedly admitted being responsible for the death of his wife.

Our reporters are working on why, after these alleged confessions, he pleaded not guilty today.  More on JET 24 Action News tonight.

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