Boglioli is charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of his neighbor, 52-year-old George Riccitelli on August 15, 2008. Boglioli claims he shot Riccitelli in self-defense.
Tiffany Oxley said she was standing at a sliding glass door when she saw Boglioli walking toward a dumpster at the Greenwich Road complex, carrying his trash. Riccitelli was walking about 15 feet behind Boglioli. Oxley said she knew the two men didn’t get along, and alerted her mother to the situation. Oxley and her mother, Deb Valois, were at the home of Ken Willis, Valois’ neighbor and landlord. She said her mother and Willis started for the sliding glass door, when she heard a gunshot.
At the time of the gunshot, Oxley said, her view of Boglioli was blocked by a vertical culvert that serves as a central support column for spiral stairs that lead up to the deck at Willis’ house. What she could see, however, was Riccitelli, with his hands in the air at about shoulder height, as if he was talking with Boglioli. "Then I heard a gunshot and saw him fall back, straight back, like someone pushed him," Oxley said. "Mom and Ken ran outside. Ken said "the f…cker shot him."
But under cross examination, defense attorney Matt Harnett called Oxley’s testimony, and her testimony of subsequent events, into question. Several times he asked Oxley about inconsistencies in her statements to police and sworn depositions. Several times Oxley said she didn’t remember what she told police or said in her deposition. In one statement, for instance, Oxley said her vision was blocked by a vehicle, not the culvert. In her first statement she also claimed that she and her mother didn’t go out to Riccitelli’s body until after police arrived. According to video from officer Greg Murano’s police cruiser, however, it was evident that both Oxley and Valois were in the road, near Riccitelli’s body.
Jill Embree, who lived on Greenwich Road between Boglioli’s residence and the house where Riccitelli’s apartment was located, said she was at her computer when she heard what sounded like a backfire. "It reverberated on the floor under my feet," she said.
When she looked out the window, Embree said, she saw Boglioli walking down the road, away from the dumpster, headed toward his house. Embree said Boglioli was carrying "a very long gun." As he turned and began to walk back toward his house, Embree said, she heard Boglioli say "‘so who’s crazy now?’ or something to that effect."
The defense contends that Riccitelli was carrying an ax handle that morning, and that he confronted Boglioli at the dumpster. Oxley testified that, when Riccitelli was walking behind Boglioli, she couldn’t see anything in his hands, and Embree said that, from her vantage point, she couldn’t see a weapon in Riccitelli’s hands or near his body.
Embree did see the reaction of Willis and Valois, who ran out of Willis’ house to Riccitelli’s side. She said Willis’ grief was clear. Ken looked like he was going to have a stroke," she said. "He was unable to control his emotions. (He) was crouched, his muscles flaccid, and he was sobbing over George (Riccitelli)."
Embree called 911, and remained on the ground until police arrived. From her house, she could hear police take Boglioli into custody. "I heard them, in their control and rage, as if he were an animal, telling him to get down," she said.
Police recovered a .357 magnum revolver from Boglioli’s residence. But another witness, Donald Wilson, who was staying at a house nearby, testified that he saw someone walking away from Riccitelli’s body carrying what appeared to be a rifle or shotgun. Wilson said he was confident the person carrying the weapon wasn’t a police officer.
Testimony continues Tuesday morning.