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Two Charged With Murder-for-Hire of PIA Agent

Police say PIA agent Edward Schiller knew he was in danger before he died. Schiller was shot and killed January 13 as he arrived for...
April 26, 2006

Police say PIA agent Edward Schiller knew he was in danger before he died. Schiller was shot and killed January 13 as he arrived for work at the Aronson Insurance Agency in Newton, Massachusetts, in what authorities described from the outset as an execution-style killing. Prosecutors say Schiller's girlfriend's jealous estranged husband hired a convicted killer for about $10,000 and paid him to shoot Schiller, 39, once in the head as he parked his car before work.

The estranged husband, James Brescia, 46, and the alleged hit man Scott Foxworth, 52, both pleaded not guilty to first degree murder and conspiracy charges during an arraignment April 5 in Newton District Court.  In a press conference before court, Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley described a web of evidence that included phone records and hours of surveillance of the suspects. "It seemed to be well-planned," Coakley said. "It seemed to be a professional execution." Brescia's lawyer, Joseph P. Cataldo, said "Mr. Brescia entered a plea of not guilty because he is not guilty."

The discovery of Edward Schiller's body slumped behind the wheel of his car in the parking garage of his office building shocked the city of Newton, which had just been named one of the safest cities in the country for the second year in a row.

The victim's brother, Carl Schiller, watched from the front row of the crowded court gallery, choking back tears. "My brother is a beautiful person who is loved by many people, and those spineless cowards stole him from us without a second thought," Carl Schiller said. "We are confident that justice will be served in this case and those cowards will spend the remainder of their lives in prison."

Jealous Man Paid Bartender to Shoot Man in Head (Boston Globe 4/5/06)

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