Fahey, 30, apparently died of a gunshot wound to the head in the den of the sprawling home on Grant Avenue here that Capano rented after separating from his wife.
"The Tom you see here is not the Tom I know," said Gerard Capano , 36, as he sadly begged the jury to spare his brother by recommending a life sentence. "He was determined to make his parents proud of him. After law school, he returned to Wilmington, where he served as state prosecutor, city solicitor, chief administrator in the Mayor's Office, and counsel to the governor.
Ever discreet, Capano told the jury that though he cheated on his wife, he would never "embarrass her" by squiring his lovers around Wilmington, where they might be seen and become the topic of small-town, hurtful gossip.
It was one of several attempts he made to put a noble spin on his actions, attempts that, given the jury's verdict and death-sentence recommendation, failed miserably.
He was the golden boy, the A student, the captain of the football team, the student council president, the hardworking, oldest son in a proud immigrant family of men who earned their living working with their hands.
His grandfather was a stonemason, his father a carpenter.
"You look at all he had, and you have to ask the question," said Robert Fahey, one of Anne Marie's four brothers: "Why did he have to kill her?