John Grazioli seemingly confessed to the murder of his wife to a priest, his ex-wife, in a suicide note, and to police. Despite this, on May 8, John Grazioli pleaded not guilty to the charge of murdering his wife.
The Murder of Amanda Grazioli
In Millcreek, Pennsylvania on Thursday, March 8, 2017, at approximately 2:45 p.m., John Grazioli’s ex-wife, Erica Grazioli called 911. She explained that John told her over the phone that he killed his current wife, Amanda, and where she could be found.
When Millcreek police entered the Grazioli home, they found Amanda, just as described. She was in her bed, dead from a single gunshot to the head. John left a note that read: “I killed Amanda Schmitt Grazioli – next of kin Denise Katz. I killed myself I am profoundly sorry. Sorry for all of this, John Grazioli.”
Despite the note, Grazioli did not end up killing himself. Instead, he turned to Saint Peter Cathedral in Erie, Pennsylvania and confessed his crime to Rev. Michael Polinek. The confessions were reportedly not done in official church fashion.
The police located Grazioli at the church and placed him under arrest. He was taken to the police station where he confessed to his crime again, this time under the eye of a police camera. John was charged with criminal homicide, first-degree murder, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, possession of an instrument of crime, and firearm not to be carried without a license.
Plans to Plea Not Guilty
In total, there are at least four reported confessions made by John Grazioli about the murder of his wife.
Despite the numerous confessions, Grazioli pleaded not guilty to the charges against him during preliminary court proceedings on May 8. In less than 30 minutes, Millcreek Township District Judge Laurie MiKielski made the decision to hold Grazioli for all charges.
Currently, it is unknown as to why Grazioli entered a not guilty plea to the charges, or what the defense plans to present in order to back up their plea.
More Court Dates in John Grazioli’s Future
Beyond his criminal trial, John Grazioli also has a civil trial in his future. Amanda’s mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Grazioli. The civil suit is seeking $250,000 in damages.
According to court documents, John Grazioli claims that he has no money in the bank. In fact, he lists his only asset as the home that Amanda was murdered in. As of this writing, it is currently up for sale with an asking price of $319,300.
John Grazioli’s lawyers previously asked the courts to postpone the civil case until the criminal case was complete.
Adam Barrist, the lawyer who is currently representing Amanda Grazioli’s family in the civil case, told reporters that the move was not necessary. “I need to be with my clients every step of this process. In the criminal case, in the civil case, we are a united front against somebody who is a shell of a human being.” He also went on to describe John Grazioli’s not guilty plea as “pathetic.”