The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 9, 2013

DA seeks to delay trial in grandma's death

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

LEWISBURG — MIDDLEBURG — Snyder County District Attorney Michael Piecuch is requesting an extension on the state’s speedy trial statute in connection with the homicide case against Jennifer K. Snook, who is accused of conspiring with her husband in his grandmother’s fatal stabbing last February.

Joshua M. Snook, 28, of Sunbury, is accused of stabbing his grandmother, Bonnie J. Snook, 71, in the throat while burglarizing her Creek Road home in Beaver Township on Feb. 17. He allegedly was looking for guns and ammunition that he planned to use to confront a man with whom he had argued in a Northumberland County bar earlier in the evening.

During the fatal assault, Jennifer Snook, 30, was waiting in a car outside the home. She is facing felony homicide and conspiracy to commit burglary, theft and other charges.

“The facts of the case are so intertwined I plan to try them together,” Piecuch said.

However, as the one-year anniversary approaches, Joshua Snook’s case is delayed by his request for a mental health evaluation, which was granted by the court in September.

Piecuch said his request for an extension on Rule 600, which requires the commonwealth to bring a defendant to trial within 365 days, is being made in Jennifer Snook’s case on the grounds that her husband’s competency examination has delayed the process.

Joshua Snook remains in the Snyder County Jail without bail after Warden Ruth Rush denied his request for a transfer to state prison pending trial. The state has a detainer on him for violating parole on a 2009 conviction for drunken driving.

Jennifer Snook is being held in the Northumberland County Prison, Sunbury, in lieu of $85,000 bail while awaiting trial.