After almost four years, New Jersey resident Valentino Ianetti has been released from jail. Ianetti was imprisoned in December of 2009 after being indicted for the murder of his wife, Pamela Ianetti. But today, Sussex County First Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Mueller dismissed the indictment against Ianetti. The indictment was released “without prejudice”, meaning that Ianetti may again face charges if new evidence suggests he murdered his wife.
Pamela Ianetti died at 2 am on December 8, 2009. Valentino Ianetti has always pleaded innocent to the charges. Ianetti told police that his wife was feeling sick on the night of her death, so he slept on the couch. At around 2 in the morning Ianetti woke up and went to the bathroom. After using the bathroom, he claims he saw his wife covered in blood on the bedroom floor. He immediately called 911.
When police arrived at the house, his wife was dead. She had large amounts of oxycodone in her blood and suffered 47 stab wounds. Ianetti was interviewed by police for 20 hours before being indicted. Police were unconvinced of Ianetti’s narrative that his wife must have killed herself.
But after further examining Pamela’s body, prosecutors found that only three of the stab wounds on Pamela’s body could have been fatal. Most of the wounds were referred to as “hesitation wounds”, suggesting that Pamela Ianetti may have inflicted them on herself. Authorities still hold suspicion that Mr. Ianetti may have killed his wife, but current available evidence does not warrant an indictment.
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“After careful review, we believe a reasonable doubt currently exists concerning Mrs. Ianetti’s death and that it was appropriate to dismiss the indictment pending further investigation,” Prosecutor Mueller said. “There is an ethical obligation on every prosecutor to dismiss if he or she believes there is a reasonable doubt.”