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Jamie Snow's lawyers to copy VHS tapes in evidence review

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.

Lawyers for Jamie Snow will begin what is expected to be a lengthy process of reviewing and copying 100 VHS cassette tapes next week as part of his ongoing effort to clear his name of murder charges in the 1991 shooting death of William Little.

Chicago defense lawyer Karl Leonard told Schuyler County Associate Judge Kevin Tippey on Friday that the state has given the legal team with The Exoneration Project access to the tapes related to the Bloomington Police investigation into Little’s death. Staff from the Chicago office will travel to the McLean County state’s attorney’s office next week to begin reviewing and copying the tapes.

First Assistant State’s Attorney Brad Rigdon said he has not reviewed all of the tapes nor does he know the running time of the cassettes.

“I really don’t know how long any of these are,” said Rigdon.

The dated recording materials are part of a large amount of discovery materials the state turned over to the defense last year after more than 8,000 documents were located by the state in response to a subpoena from Snow’s lawyers. The release of the records is related to Snow’s request for forensic testing, a request that remains pending after more than a decade.

Snow attended the hearing remotely from a room at Stateville Correctional Center. He has maintained his innocence in the slaying of the gas station attendant.

Tippey set a March 30 hearing to review the status of the evidence review.

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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