Local man charged following Saturday morning homicide

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Cloverdale man is facing murder and rape charges in Parke County after he led authorities on a chase through Putnam County Saturday morning.

Jeremy Musall, 27, is accused of killing 30-year-old Joseph Snow early Saturday morning in southeastern Parke County. He then allegedly traveled into Putnam County and dumped the body before eventually being apprehended near Cloverdale.

Jeremy Musall

Parke County Chief Deputy Bill Todd said his department received a 911 call from a woman at 7:17 a.m. Saturday, reporting the crimes. The caller said Musall had broken into the home she and her daughter shared with Snow at around 1:30 a.m.

The caller said Musall had killed Snow and raped her. She said Musall had then taken Snow's body as well as her 20-month-old daughter. The alleged incidents took place at a home on Parke County Road 1100 East, near Rocky Fork Lake.

The woman was following Musall in her car as he entered Putnam County on West Walnut Street Road.

The call came in to the Putnam County Sheriff's Department that the murder had been reported and the suspect was en route to Creek Road in Madison Township to dump the body.

Putnam County Chief Deputy Doug Nally said officers located Musall's vehicle on Creek Road, and began to pursue it. However, the gravel road made the pursuit difficult, and the officers lost track of Musall somewhere along West Walnut.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Department found the body of Joseph Snow in this location beside CR 500 West.

Information indicated Musall could be heading for his mother's residence in Cloverdale, where officers from the Sheriff's Department, Cloverdale Police and Indiana State Police were waiting for him. When he pulled into the driveway, Cloverdale Officer Charlie Hallam made initial contact with him before the other officers made their presence known.

He was taken into custody without incident, but the body was no longer in his vehicle.

Officials from Family Support Services and Child Protection Services were on the scene to help with the girl, who was unharmed.

With Musall in custody, the effort turned to finding Snow's body. Volunteers from the Madison Township Fire Department were called in to help with the search.

The search narrowed when the police got information the body was in a cornfield west of CR 500 West, which is north of West Walnut by way of CR 450 West.

The body was eventually located by Sheriff Steve Fenwick, and ISP crime scene technicians were called in to investigate the area.

"Once we narrowed our search down to the cornfield, that really helped," Nally said. "We had a lot of agencies involved and everybody stepped up and was very professional."

The body of Snow was the second dead body in less than a week to be discarded in an area west of Greencastle.

Last Monday, the body of Tyler Kirts, 25, Crawfordsville, was found on property behind Refuse Handling off West Columbia Street. No cause of death has yet been determined in that case. There is no reason to expect that the Snow and Kirts cases are related at this time.

Upon transport to the Parke County Jail, Musall was initially charged with murder, rape, criminal confinement and intimidation.

Musall, who resides and works in the Greencastle area, is a 2002 graduate of Mooresville High School.

His criminal record includes multiple run-ins with the law, including several battery charges. Musall received a six-year sentence as one of three assailants in a June 2008 beating of a 26-year-old Greencastle man. Musall was ordered to serve two years executed with a year of home detention and three years probation in that battery case.

Meanwhile, Snow's criminal record shows a January 2010 arrest for petition to revoke probation stemming from a previous charge of possession of marijuana and trafficking with an inmate.

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  • Our prayers are with the family members of Snow. This is such a sad ending for a man who had such young children.

    -- Posted by mccastleangel on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 8:25 PM
  • This is such a horrible happening. Our thoughts are also with the Snow family.

    -- Posted by Rajean on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 9:04 PM

    -- Posted by Apollo13 on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 9:09 PM
  • Prayers are with the Snow family. Wow Greencastle is turing into a murder capital!

    -- Posted by jminglert2 on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 9:32 PM
  • Sad to admit, but no real surprise on either involved.

    -- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 10:08 PM
  • REALLY Banner!? Was that really appropriate or necessary to bring up the murder victims criminal record? How sad! Prayers are with all families involved.

    -- Posted by putcoresident on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 10:23 PM
  • This is exactly why repeat violent offenders deserve the maximum sentence for their crimes.

    -- Posted by Clovertucky on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 10:26 PM
  • Just go to the search function at the top of the page and type in Musall and read all the articles and arrest record from 2007 forward. I rest my case.

    -- Posted by Clovertucky on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 10:34 PM
  • well i dont agree with what "ProblemTransmission" because Snow was actually doin well n getting his life straight and he obviously didnt ask for what happened so how can u say "no suprise on either involved" i think jeremy should have got a harder punishment considering all his violent crimes but now look what happened. Joe rest in peace buddy! i pray for everyone that has suffered thru this loss including myself! i hope this is a lesson for all the repeat offenders who continue to hurt people

    -- Posted by gcmom4 on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 10:50 PM
  • Grandpa always said "ya lay down with dogs, ya get fleas".

    -- Posted by interested1964 on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 11:08 PM
  • Ok first off all you guys sound ghetto talking..And half of you are not even correctly spelling your words right or using the right words...If he was at a bar in Cloverdale, then I personally know that every one of the bars have a security system with cameras...Talk to the owners for tape review...Also if this girl was raped then i am sure she received a rape kit, I have met Jeremy a few times in passing and have never really spoke to him, so im not on anyones side...Im just saying if you are trying to support either side, use proper Etiquette...and whoever wrote that their are people to "calaborate" jeremys story at being at a bar, just made yourself sound really stupid..do you know what that means :to cooperate with or willingly assist an enemy ....in other words, its people working together to cover up something...what you should have said their are 5 people to VALIDATE his story...either way my gut says drugs were involved...and the law will take it over from here

    -- Posted by ummya on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 3:26 AM
  • ummya, I agree rhat collaborate is the right word to use.... You must be missing some pages out of your Webster's. There are alot of comments on here that go WAY beyond the scope of the article and it is hard to take it all in without proof. I agree that something doesn't sound right though. What happened to innocent until proven guilty.

    -- Posted by purehonesty on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 7:57 AM
  • Roberto: Don't be an idiot. He was not cut up. I know that for a fact. Saying stupid stuff like that on here only confirms that you are not to bright. Do you not think that his family will be on here reading? Do you really want to put false images and information into their, already chatioc and sorrowed thoughts? No one deserves this. No one. It's unfortunate enough.

    -- Posted by BrutallyHonest on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 9:19 AM
  • reading all these comments all i can say is really joe was trying to get his life together get real thats why he just got out of jail and he wants to go around threatning everyone thats why he moved out of this town i guess he got what he deserved in a crazy way and all this could have been avoided if people wouldn't lead people on then turn around and crush them the woman is not as innocent as it seems but i still do not condone the acts that happen but this just goes to show how far things can go when u lie and cheat just saying

    -- Posted by concernedpc on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 9:24 AM
  • And I wish people would be respectful of Jeremy and his Mom right now. One thing I know for sure- there is a LOT more to this story than is being told. Jeremy loved that baby and her other two kids. He was used in this the same way that Joe was. I hope when he has his day in court that the truth comes out. All of it.

    -- Posted by POGM on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 10:20 AM
  • Here. The Condensed Version. Woman plays two men against each other. One of whom has a strong history of violence. Dumps one when the other gets out of jail. Sleeps in the same bed that she was sleeping in with Jeremy days before. Mayhem and murder occurs. Woman cries rape. There. Is that more palatable.

    -- Posted by POGM on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 10:37 AM
  • It bothers me that every time there is a serious article that all of you locals just fight about something...EVERY TIME.

    Anyways, Joe did have a good heart. I worked with him for along time. It is sad to know that he is gone and won't be coming back. Hopefully justice will be served hard. Jealousy or not, there is no reason to just kill another person. A life is a big thing, and Joe was a good guy.

    -- Posted by Apollo13 on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 10:38 AM
  • That's ridiculous that your comment was deleted. It was tasteful. Brought a lot of light to the circumstances.

    -- Posted by whatev on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 10:43 AM
  • I agree that Joe was a good person. he would give you the shirt off his back. Jeremy wasn't the monster they are trying to make him out to be either. This woman knew exactly what she was doing. It wasn't any different than pointing a gun at Joe and she knew that. And did it anyway.

    -- Posted by POGM on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 10:44 AM
  • Most people would rather make up their own stories than be confronted with the truth. I hope it all comes out.

    -- Posted by POGM on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 10:48 AM
  • Shame on the banner and all of you! Have respect for the family.

    -- Posted by disgusted2011 on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 10:59 AM
  • I am aghast at what we see too often when a woman is raped by a man: SHE is to blame. I seriously doubt when this man broke in and killed her boyfriend that she was in the mood to warm up to the guy.

    What she went through with him murdering, raping and then abducting her child should elicit some compassion. SHE is the victim. I don't know her and that she is not Mother Theresa matters NONE. If she says "NO" and he does it anyway, that is RAPE and it makes him a RAPIST, kidnapper and murderer.

    -- Posted by WhoaNellie on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 10:59 AM
  • I would like to remind everybody that this is all alledged,and though I don't codone any of this, the stories just don't add up here.

    -- Posted by obeone on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 11:39 AM
  • Just love how all of you are defending one or both of those that were involved...sounds to me like they were both scumbags but that is no excuse to murder someone then dump the body and kidnap an innocent child in the meantime...Putnam and Parke Co retards is all you are!!!!!

    -- Posted by clgruener on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 11:55 AM
  • I agree with Whoa..She went threw alot and no I am sure she wasn't in the mood to lay down with him...HELLO PEOPLE he killed this guy in front of her and her daughter then took off with the little girl..I am sure she was terrified..NO ONE DESERVES TO DIE LIKE THAT..I feel sorry for ALL involved..Jermey as well I wouldn't want to go threw the rest of my life with this on my mind..But he should have thought before he took action now he has to live with it and as for the woman and her little girl she will never forget what happened either I just hope the little ones does.

    -- Posted by nobodiesbusiness on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 11:56 AM
  • **ATTENTION** I started to read the comments then stopped. It's amazing how people come out of the wood-work claiming to have been close to him and know everything. The negative statements are disgusting. Let's have some taste ladies and gentleman. I knew Joe for 15+ years. We dated, we were best friends...we were very close. I knew his family, and his friends. Please, when you post a comment- think about this: If this was your son, your brother, your uncle, your best friend...would you want to read it? Would it hurt you, make you feel sick, make you feel angry?...Yes, there is freedom of speech. I agree with that. However, it shouldn't give a person the right, nor the reason, to neglect the art of human decency. Let's not forget, there really are people that loved and knew Joe for who he really was, not just what the gossip mill defined him as.

    -- Posted by stp_2008 on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 12:02 PM