Restaurant owner bound for trial for allegedly killing wife

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published April 9, 2021

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Joseph Palleschi is going to trial.

The 55-year-old co-owner of the Villa Restaurant on Gratiot Avenue in Eastpointe is accused of murdering his wife, Karen, on Jan. 16.

41-B District Court documents indicate that Palleschi, of Clinton Township, was bound over for trial in Macomb County Circuit Court on March 16. He was originally arrested by police and underwent initial proceedings through the Clinton Township court. He also faces a weapons felony firearm charge.

Court documents indicate that Palleschi waived his preliminary exam. His attorney, Randy Rodnick, said March 23 that the exam was waived in an effort to secure a plea deal.

Palleschi was scheduled to appear in Circuit Court April 6, after press time, for an arraignment conference in front of Judge James Maceroni. A motion to reduce bond was said to be discussed. Rodnick said his client was lodged at Macomb County Jail at the time on $500,000 bond cash or surety.

Palleschi was originally charged Jan. 19 in 41-B District Court with one count of open murder homicide, where Magistrate Ryan Zemke set his $500,000 bond.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said Jan. 19 that police were called to the Palleschi residence on Vincenzia Drive at about 2:40 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16.

That was where police discovered the body of Karen Palleschi with one bullet wound to her head.

“You could see her almost going out of the garage,” Maierle said at the time.

The gun allegedly used in the incident was recovered at the scene by Clinton Township Police.