Jury chosen in Kelowna man’s manslaughter trial

The jury that will decide Neil George Snelson's guilt or innocence in the 1993 killing of a Kelowna teen has been chosen.

The jury that will decide Neil George Snelson’s guilt or innocence in the 1993 killing of a Kelowna teen has been chosen.

Jury selection was completed earlier this week in Kamloops’s courthouse,  where the manslaughter case will be tried at the end of the month. A change of venue was granted last year when it was decided that the case had fully saturated the Okanagan.

In 2011, he stood trial in Kelowna on a charge of first degree murder in connection to the death of Jennifer Cusworth.

A jury in that case found him guilty of manslaughter, but Snelson successfully appealed for a new trial, arguing that Justice Alison Beames erred in allowing jurors to watch a certain portion of his videotaped police statement.

Snelson’s four-week trial begins on May 25.

Kelowna Capital News