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Pina's Pizza shop owner Anna Maria Tolomello charged with murder of longtime partner

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A Hilltown Township woman has been charged with homicide in the death of her longtime partner, with whom she owned Pina’s Pizza in New Britain, authorities said.
Anna Maria Tolomello, 48, volunteered to police that she shot Giovanni Gallina, 65, in self-defense and that his body was “wrapped up” in the bedroom, according to the Bucks County District’s Attorney’s Office. The couple shared a home on 1400 block of Limekiln Pike in the Chalfont section of the township.
Police found Gallina’s body wrapped in a blue tarp in the master bedroom and said it had what appeared to be one gunshot wound to the head. Later, Tolomello admitted to shooting Gallina in the head with a .38 caliber handgun on March 16, almost two weeks before it was discovered.
Hilltown police and Bucks County Detectives went to the home March 30, after Gallina’s son, Phillip, reported to police that he hadn’t heard from his father since March 16 and was unable to reach him. Phillip Gallina told authorities he normally spoke with his father almost every day and became concerned when Tolomello told him his dad “was away on business” but wouldn’t say where or when he was coming home.

Police said Tolomello had contracted to have a large hole dug in her backyard where she intended to bury Gallina’s body.
Tolomello is being held without bail in the Bucks County jail. In addition to criminal homicide, she’s charged with abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and possession of an instrument of a crime.
A preliminary hearing is set for April 19.


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