Snelson abandons intent to seek new court venue for his trial

The man accused of killing Jennifer Cusworth more than 17 years ago isn’t asking for his trial to be moved out of Kelowna after all.

The man accused of killing Jennifer Cusworth more than 17 years ago isn’t asking for his trial to be moved out of Kelowna after all.

A change of venue application was scheduled to be heard this week in the Kelowna Law Courts, but on Monday his lawyer, Wade Jenson, instead went ahead with scheduling the trial for right here in the Okanagan.

Neil George Snelson, then 43, was arrested and charged with murder in the fall of 2009, not long after the 16th anniversary of Cusworth’s death.

The body of the 19-year-old college student, originally from Nelson, was found in a ditch on Swamp Road on Oct. 17, 1993, a day after she was last seen alive at a large party held at a house on Richter Street.

In the years that followed her death, her parents regularly travelled to Kelowna to plead publicly for information about who may have taken her life. Snelson’s jury trial is scheduled to last six weeks and is set to get underway in Kelowna on Aug. 29.

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