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Monday, December 10, 2007

[NYPD] Pretrial on wife-Jeanne's murder for Sgt. Galtieri

Sinister words link ex-cop to wife's murder, detective says
Thursday, December 06, 2007
[Excerpts] "I'm in a lot of trouble." Those were the prophetic words uttered by John Galtieri after he was arrested in South Carolina for allegedly gunning down his ex-wife in the Pleasant Plains park-and-ride last winter, an NYPD detective told a judge during a pretrial hearing yesterday... Detective Thomas Joyce of the North Shore's 120th Precinct detective squad in St. George also told Justice Stephen J. Rooney that Galtieri chatted him up during the train ride back to Staten Island following his extradition. Joyce recalled that the 61-year-old former cop professed his love of guns ("I prefer revolvers"), noted he'd read about O.J. Simpson and a serial killer while jailed in South Carolina, and dished on his marriage to Jeanne Kane. With Ms. Kane's identical sisters, Lucille Kane-Giordano and Maureen Poehlemann, sitting in the courtroom, Joyce recalled, "He said it was good in the beginning, but things got bad. He said that Jeanne got lazy. On a sweltering day when he built a deck, he said, 'She didn't have the courtesy to give me a glass of water.' " Galtieri also brought up the Police Department pension he lost to Ms. Kane after they divorced. He told Joyce that he'd traveled to the city from Florida to file a lawsuit against the pension board before his wife was killed. "He said, 'I was in Bayonne, not in Staten Island, at the time,'" Joyce testified. Prosecutors allege that Galtieri waited in the park-and-ride's lot for five hours on the evening of Jan. 30 to kill Ms. Kane -- who was sitting in her car, waiting for her daughter -- because he was enraged over a million-dollar divorce settlement awarded to her in 2003. The settlement included $400,000 in damages tacked on by a judge who determined that Ms. Kane was a battered wife. Ms. Kane knew fame in the 1950s and '60s, singing with her sisters as The Kane Triplets... Prosecutors say surveillance videotape of Ms. Kane's murder is definitive. Galtieri's attorney, Mario Gallucci, admitted that video surveillance cameras captured Galtieri and his Chrysler Concorde in the park-and-ride lot at 12:30 p.m., but added, "There is no indication that he was there at any time after 12:30 p.m."...

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