A Pennsylvania coroner said human remains were found in the former home of a man convicted of murdering his wife
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A Pennsylvania coroner said human remains were found in the former home of a man convicted of murdering his wife

Pennsylvania authorities said human remains were found in the former apartment of a man convicted of murder last week in the death of his wife.

The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat reports that Brian Giles, 48, was living with Nancy Giles in an apartment in a Johnstown home before she disappeared in October 2018. Her remains were found in May 2019 in a shallow grave near a trail up a slope planes in downtown Johnstown.

Jurors in Cambria County deliberated for about an hour Thursday before convicting Brian Giles of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the death of Nancy Giles, CBS affiliate WTAJ-TV reported. As he was led out of the courtroom, Giles said he wanted people to know he was innocent. Defense attorney Timothy Burns, who cited his client’s mental health report, called the outcome “disappointing” and said the defense would explore its options.

On Friday, authorities searched Giles’ former residence in the Kernville neighborhood after receiving a report of a possible body discovery. Coroner Jeffrey Lees confirmed that human remains were found in the basement, calling the death “highly suspicious” and vowing that the investigation would be long and methodical.

After an autopsy on Saturday, Lees said the remains would be taken to Mercyhurst University in Erie on Monday for further forensic examination and would issue a ruling on the cause and manner of death once the results and other information were received. He added that identifying the remains would be a top priority.

Authorities said Jilly Todaro, Giles’ girlfriend after his wife’s disappearance, also lived in the apartment and disappeared in December 2020. Todaro is still missing, and officials would not confirm whether the search is related to the case, in which no charges have been filed. has been submitted.

Burns, who represented Giles in the trial over the death of Nancy Giles, declined to comment Sunday on the discovery of the remains.

According to WTAJ, during closing arguments during the murder trial, prosecutors argued that Brian Giles was verbally abusive to Nancy Giles and wouldn’t let her have a cell phone.

“He (Giles) disposed of her (Nancy’s) body with the same deterioration he had shown in her case in previous years,” said Cambria County Assistant District Attorney Jessica Aurandt. “Giles had motive, opportunity and stories prepared.”

Aurandt also argued that there was no forensic evidence of a crime because Brian Giles had made sure there would be none. Aurandt also said he allegedly misled police and removed missing persons posters.