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Man accused of killing wife with screwdriver faces murder charges

Emil Whitis • Jul 14, 2011 at 6:00 AM

The man accused of using a screwdriver to stab and kill his estranged wife was indicted Tuesday on charges of aggravated murder.

An Erie County grand jury indicted Jeremy Gallant, 26, on additional charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle.

Gallant is accused of stabbing his estranged wife, Maria Vera, 22, multiple times in the head and body. Vera later died from her wounds.

Deputies were called to Gallant's mother's Hill Road home in Berlin Township on June 1. They arrived to find Vera suffering from stab wounds to the face, head and body.

She was flown by medical helicopter to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, where she died about two weeks later.

After stabbing Vera, Gallant stole her 1999 Buick and fled, deputies said. Authorities later convinced him to surrender, and he was arrested near Oberlin.

"This is a very serious case," Capt. Paul Sigsworth said. "It was a very vicious and savage attack, but we'll have to let the case run its course."

Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter did not return multiple phone messages Wednesday seeking comment.

Tuesday's indictment did not indicate prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case.

Gallant has a hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. July 16 in Erie County Common Pleas Court.

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