New trial for Snelson to go spring 2015

The man charged with the 1993 killing of Jennifer Cusworth will be tried in a Kamloops courtroom next spring.

Neil George Snelson, 47, was ordered a new trial on the charge of manslaughter starting May 4, 2015.

Snelson was released on bail in June, on a surety in the amount of $75,000, and has been living in Lake Country with his sister and brother-in-law ever since.

Snelson had not previously been released from prison since his 2009 arrest. He remained in provincial custody throughout his 2011 trial, and went into a federal prison after his conviction that same year of manslaughter.

That conviction was overturned last December when the Court of Appeal found that the trial judge erred by allowing into evidence a portion of a statement Snelson gave police at the time of his 2009 arrest.

Cusworth, 19 at the time of her death, was found dead in a ditch on Swamp Road following a house party.

Despite yearly pleas for evidence from her parents, the case sat cold for more than 15 years.


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