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More time given to consider documents in Jamie Snow murder case

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 on Sept. 8, 2021, in Bloomington.

A hearing on proposed redactions from thousands of pages of documents in Jamie’s Snow efforts to reverse his 2002 murder conviction was delayed on Monday after Snow questioned whether all documents have been turned over by authorities.

Snow is serving life in prison in the 1991 shooting death of Bloomington gas station attendant Bill Little. Snow was arrested nine years after Little’s death.

At Monday’s hearing, defense lawyers with the Chicago-based Exoneration Project told Menard County Associate Judge Kevin Tippey they needed time to meet with Snow to discuss his concerns that the defense may not have received all documents from the case. Snow has spent the past several months reviewing several thousand pages of police records provided by prosecutors in response to a court order.

Lawyers from the state and defense agreed that certain information may need to be redacted from the records.

Snow’s lawyer, Lauren Myerscough-Mueller, said Snow has questioned if “additional documents may be out there.”

First Assistant State’s Attorney Brad Rigdon did not object to postponing a hearing on the redaction issue until Oct. 31 to allow the defense to meet with Snow.

Tippey was appointed to hear Snow’s case after the death of Judge Ramon Escapa in a cycling accident in June. The case was moved from McLean County because of potential judicial conflict with jurists who were either prosecutors or judges during Snow’s case.

Snows contends witnesses who were given help from authorities with pending criminal cases provided false testimony at his trial. Also pending is a 2013 motion for DNA testing on fingerprint evidence in the case.

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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