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BREAKING NEWS: Surprise twist in Snelson manslaughter trial

Neil George Snelson is charged with one count of manslaughter in the 1993 death of Jennifer Cusworth.
June 12, 2015 - 11:26 AM

KAMLOOPS - Evidence in the Neil Snelson manslaughter trial came to an abrupt end yesterday when the defence called no evidence, essentially ending that portion of the trial.

The Crown completed its case Thursday, June 11 after a week-and-a-half and Snelson’s lawyer, Richard Fowler, opted not to put his client, or anyone else, on the stand.

The jury was dismissed until Monday to hear final arguments. Then the case will be left with the jury.

Snelson is charged with manslaughter in the 1993 death of 19-year-old Okanagan Community College student Jennifer Cusworth. She was found raped and beaten to death on Swamp Road in Kelowna.

Cusworth was drinking at a house party Oct 16, 1993 and, according to friends who testified at the trial, attempted to walk home. They never saw her again.

This is Snelson’s second trial in connection to her death.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infonews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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