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Document prep progresses in Jamie Snow's push for exoneration in 1991 killing

Jamie Snow waves to family and friends in the courtroom during a hearing Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in Bloomington.
David Proeber
The Pantagraph (Pool)
Jamie Snow waves to family and friends in the courtroom during a hearing Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in Bloomington.

Lawyers for Jamie Snow are making progress on redacting personal information from thousands of pages of material turned over by the state in his efforts to be exonerated of murder charges, his lawyers told a judge Wednesday.

Snow was convicted in 2001 of killing Bill Little, a gas station attendant, in Bloomington in 1991 during a robbery. The defendant, who is serving a life sentence, has maintained his innocence of the slaying.

Lawyers with the Exoneration Project successfully argued last year that Snow is entitled to access to thousands of pages of documents related to his case. The Chicago defense team contends the police records contain material previously undisclosed to Snow’s lawyers.

At a hearing in December, lawyers for the state and defense confirmed that 7,704 pages of documents had been turned over to the defense. Snow’s lawyers have been working with the Illinois Department of Corrections to provide Snow access to the documents.

Lauren Myerscough-Mueller said Wednesday that work in continuing to prepare the documents for review by Snow. When the review is completed, Snow’s legal team is expected to file a motion for forensic testing on evidence from the crime scene.

First Assistant State’s Attorney Brad Rigdon agreed that a May 9 court date should be set to check the status of the case.

Schuyler County Judge Ramon Escapa is handling the case because of judicial conflicts in the 11th Judicial Circuit with Snow’s long-running case.

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Edith began her career as a reporter with The DeWitt County Observer, a weekly newspaper in Clinton. From 2007 to June 2019, Edith covered crime and legal issues for The Pantagraph, a daily newspaper in Bloomington, Illinois. She previously worked as a correspondent for The Pantagraph covering courts and local government issues in central Illinois.
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