Kelowna man takes the stand in first degree murder trial

Neil Snelson took the stand at his first degree murder trial Tuesday, testifying he's come to understand he had sex with Jennifer Cusworth but played no role in her death.

Neil Snelson took the stand at his first degree murder trial Tuesday, testifying he’s come to understand he had sex with Jennifer Cusworth but knows he played no role in her death.

Snelson testified that he remembers he met a woman at the Oct. 16, 1993 party, who he now believes to be Cusworth, in the backyard of the Richter Street home, where he was taking bathroom breaks to avoid long lineups.

They talked, made out, and then went to his brown GMC truck. Once at his truck, they made out some more, got into the cab and had sex on the seat, he said.  He testified they then parted ways, and he went to the party.

It wasn’t until 2009, when police started tracking him in an effort to collect his DNA that the question of “what if” it was Cusworth he’d had sex with that night, came to his mind.

After his recollection of events was presented to jurors, Snelson’s defence lawyer, Wade Jenson, prompted his client to revisit the days after he was arrested and explain why he said so little to police investigators. Specifically Jenson brought him back to video footage presented to jurors last week, where Snelson said he wanted his lawyer to review “your story,” “my story” and all the paperwork connected to the 16-year-old cold case.

Jenson asked Snelson, who was in the witness box, to review that statement.

“My story of how I met a girl at a party and had sex with her at a party,” said Snelson, explaining the statement.

Crown counsel Iain Currie started to cross examine Snelson just before noon Tuesday, but had yet to finish at the time of publication.

Thus far, he’s focused on lining up conversations Snelson had with his father, his sister and the police, where discrepencies have emerged.

Just Posted

Okanagan can learn from Washington’s wine industry growth

Winery owner cites importance of industry collaboration

Okanagan wineries shine in global chardonnay competition

Recognition for Kalala and Liquidity wineries at 2018 Chardonnay du Monde competition

Kelowna’s South Perimeter Road project to go ahead

Project to extend Gordon Drive doesn’t get enough signatures to keep it from moving ahead

Fleeing driver leaves behind severely damaged car

West Kelowna crash occurred at Highway 97 South junction

Dozens of impaired Kelowna drivers ticketed on St. Patrick’s Day

Kelowna RCMP stopped many vehicles for impaired driving during a one day blitz

Kelowna boy donates hair to charity

An eight-year-old kicks off spring break with a buzz cut for charity

Attempted gun smuggler across the Osoyoos border sentenced

Alex Louie, who prefers the name Senk’lip, was sentenced to the mandatory minimum

Pro-Trump protest sign with F-word is OK, court rules

Judges say Ontario man can protest publicly, even using vulgar language

VIDEO: Police officer looking for distracted drivers gets hit by truck

Road safety investigator clipped by trailer while patrolling busy intersection

YVR wants you to help name three new puppies

Say hello to the Vancouver Airport’s new assistance pups

Search and rescue help injured sledders off Owlhead

Volunteer searchers also locate two hikers near Little Shuswap Lake

Suspect who attacked autistic man in Ontario could be from B.C.’s south coast: police

29-year-old man was sent to hospital with serious injuries

Privacy watchdog to explore Facebook leak

Canadian expert says his analytics company helped Trump campaign capitalize on private Facebook info

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Most Read