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Snelson seeks bail before manslaughter re-trial

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June 02, 2014 - 7:56 PM

KAMLOOPS – A Kelowna man is seeking bail in a hearing tomorrow in advance of his second trial for the 1993 rape and murder of a college student.

Neil George Snelson, 47, is awaiting a new trial ordered by the B.C. Court of Appeal. His trial was delayed again today. Snelson requested more time for a new lawyer to review his case.

Snelson was found guilty in October 2011 and sentenced to 15 years in prison before his appeal was granted in late 2013 and a new trial moved to Kamloops.

In 1993, Jennifer Cusworth, a 19-year-old college student, was beaten and strangled to death in Kelowna. Her killing remained a cold case for 16 years. Police arrested Snelson in 2009.

Snelson will be represented by Richard Fowler of Vancouver.

Last month, Crown prosecutor Sarah Firestone said the delays are causing “a great deal of concern” for the Crown. She requested the trial start this fall.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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