BOONE - A man charged with killing his wife in Boone last year was released from jail Thursday after his bail was significantly lowered, and he said he wants to get back to his children.
Alexander Fazzino, 39, walked out of jail Thursday after his bail was lowered to $500,000 cash or surety, The Des Moines Register reported. District Judge Michael Moon said in an order issued late Wednesday that Fazzino's previous $1.5 million was too high.
Fazzino was arrested in Missouri this month in connection with the January 2012 death of his wife, 32-year-old Emily Fazzino. He faces a first-degree murder charge.
"I would just like to thank my family, and especially my parents, for all their support," Fazzino told the newspaper in a brief interview in his lawyer's office. "I've been away from my children too long, and I want to get back to them."
Fazzino has been living in Missouri with his parents since last year. He plans to return to work at a convenience store owned by his father.
Moon said in his order that Fazzino has no record of convictions and no showing that he has failed to pay any court costs.
"There is no showing in the record that defendant, if released, would be a danger to anyone," wrote Moon in his order.
Fazzino has no restrictions on his ability to travel, and he is not required to be electronically monitored, according to the order.
A message left after hours by The Associated Press for Boone County Attorney Dan Kolacia was not immediately returned Thursday.
The newspaper reported that defense attorney Bill Kutmus called the order "a very well-balanced opinion" that gives Fazzino credit for "his stellar past."
Emily Fazzino was found unresponsive in a bathroom in the couple's home. An affidavit shows her husband told authorities he had been downstairs at the time with the couple's three children. He said he believed she had overdosed on prescription pills.
An autopsy revealed several areas of trauma and no signs of drug abuse.