Sunday, 04 November 2012 11:24

Joseph Caronna Convicted of First Degree Murder

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MEMPHIS, TN – On Thursday November 1st, 2012 a Shelby County jury convicted Joseph “Joe” Caronna, age 48, of first degree murder in the death of his wife Tina Caronna.
Bartlett Police located Tina Caronna’s remains inside her vehicle in the 2300 block of Brannick in Bartlett, Tennessee on October 27th, 2008. Her death was ruled a homicide by asphyxiation.
Evidence at trial revealed that the Bartlett Police homicide investigation ruled out robbery as a motive early in the investigation. The victim Tina Caronna confided to friends that Joe had been unemployed for some time and had a gambling problem. She was convinced that Joe had squandered family income on gambling. Tina told friends she believed Joe was unfaithful and she was thinking of leaving him.
According to the evidence presented during the trial, the couple had a contract on a new home and Joe Caronna told his wife that he was going to surprise her with the closing on the home on October 24th, 2008. Prosecution proof showed this to be false. Joe Caronna had not provided required documentation of a loan or insurance to close the contract on the home. The week before Tina Caronna’s remains were discovered, Joe told their household maid that she would not be needed for the week. Joe Caronna gave conflicting statements about his actions and whereabouts during the time of his wife’s death on the morning of October 25th, 2008.
Prosecutors presented proof that Caronna killed his wife in their home on Eatonwick, put her body in their truck, and abandoned the body and vehicle on October 25th, 2008.Joe Caronna was automatically sentenced to live with possibility of parole. Caronna has a pending fifty-seven (57) count federal indictment in United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee, for insurance fraud, money laundering and other federal charges.
Assistant District Attorney Karen Cook, Chief Prosecutor and Assistant District Attorney Danielle McCollum of the Shelby County District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit prosecuted the case with Assistant District Attorney Tom Henderson, Chief Criminal Prosecutor. Judge Mark Ward presided.