Boardman man faces mental tests
YOUNGSTOWN -- A Boardman man accused of stabbing his wife to death will be evaluated to determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial.
Joseph P. Nazarini, 55, of Oakley Avenue is being held without bond in the Mahoning County jail, awaiting trial on a charge of murder. He was arraigned Tuesday in common pleas court before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum.
Nazarini's attorneys, J. Gerald Ingram and John B. Juhasz, entered a written plea of innocent by reason of insanity. Ingram said a psychiatric examination will be scheduled to determine whether Nazarini is competent to assist in his defense.
Judge Krichbaum declined to address the issue of setting a bond for Nazarini, opting to leave that up to Judge Maureen A. Cronin, to whom the case was assigned. It is set for trial April 28.
Township police said Nazarini, an unemployed substitute teacher, called police shortly before 9 a.m. Feb. 6 to report the crime, and surrendered a short time later at his home. They said Nazarini had been experiencing financial distress.
Police said Nazarini stabbed his wife about 8 a.m. Feb. 5, then sat with her body all that day. By the next morning, he assumed her workplace would call the home and he decided to surrender to police.
The body of Denise Nazarini, 52, who worked at Sky Bank in New Castle, was found in a bedroom. Police said she had suffered multiple stab wounds and appeared to have been dead for about 24 hours.