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Dead man's wife, another man charged in Punta Gorda killings

Kelly Schiano was married to Mario Schiano, one of the two men found dead at home on Trails End Drive
Two charged in Punta Gorda killings
Scene of the investigation
Posted at 3:55 PM, Jan 29, 2024

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office added in the details of a second arrest now connected to the killing of two men, found dead inside of a Punta Gorda home in late January.

A worker found Mario Schiano, 47, and Anthony Galeotti, 44, inside of a home on Trails End Drive, in rural Charlotte County.

Sheriff Bill Prummell said, at a news conference, that Kelly Schiano, 41, and Everett Harper, 37, are charged with conspiring to commit first-degree murder.

"We responded out to that residence after receiving a 911 call from a worker in the area, who was asked to check the residence after Kelly Schiano described to him that she had heard gunshots," said Prummell. "He entered the residence and found the two men shot to death."

Prummell added investigators worked at the crime scene for 10 days, collecting evidence and documenting the area. The investigation led to a working theory on the motive for the crime.

"During this investigation it was learned that Anthony and Mario were very heavy into the drug trade," said Sheriff Prummell. "So, this conspiracy all fell around drugs and money."

Sheriff Prummell could not confirm if Kelly Schiano or Harper shot the victims, nor if there were more suspects in the case. He did say the investigation is ongoing and that detectives are still working on leads, some of which are out of state.

Kelly Schiano and Everett Harper have both entered not guilty pleas and are expected to appear in court on Feb. 9.