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Jury finds Musall guilty on all 6 charges

Monday, July 16, 2012 ~ Updated 12:24 PM

ROCKVILLE -- A Parke County jury found Jeremy Musall guilty of murder, burglary, rape and kidnapping all six criminal charges in connection with the August 2011 death of Joseph Snow.

After almost two hours of deliberation Monday afternoon, the jury found Musall, 28, of Cloverdale, guilty of all six criminal charges -- murder, felony murder, and the class-A felony charges of burglary resulting in bodily injury, rape and kidnapping.

Musall was accused of beating and strangling Snow in a mobile home near Rocky Fork Lake in southeastern Parke County in the early morning hours of Aug. 13.

The defense team of James Bruner and Michael Stites alleged in closing arguments that the former girlfriend of Musall enticed him to harm Snow, saying that the woman regretted taking Snow back into her home after kicking Musall out.

Parke County Prosecutor Steven Cvengros, with Deputy Prosecutor Kevin Stalker, presented Musall as a spurned boyfriend who attacked Snow while Snow was sleeping in bed, beating and torturing him for hours before putting the dead man's body in the trunk of Musall's car and driving to Putnam County where he dumped the body in a Madison Township cornfield.

Cvengros had no comment following the jury's verdict except to say that he appreciated the effort of the jury, which was selected July 9 for a trial that was expected to end last week.

However, the prosecution presented 18 witnesses, many being police officers who responded to the 911 call from the former girlfriend who said that Musall had beaten and killed Snow before raping her and kidnapping her toddler daughter.

Deputies from the Parke and Putnam county sheriff's departments joined with the Indiana State Police and Cloverdale Police in tracking down Musall, recovering Snow's body, finding the child unharmed, and investigating the crime.

The defense team presented only one witness on Monday -- the neighbor of the former girlfriend. The woman said that the girlfriend was being evicted from her Parke County home because the landlord did not want Snow to move back into the rental home because of past domestic disturbances between the couple.

The girlfriend had testified that she was packing up her belongings to move with Snow into a new mobile home in Putnam County on the night that Musall showed up and began beating Snow.

Following the reading of the verdict, Judge Sam Swaim noted that the murder charge and the felony murder charge will be merged for sentencing.

Swaim set a sentencing date of 9 a.m. Aug. 9, allowing a full day for testimony at the hearing.

Musall faces 45 to 65 years in prison on the murder charge. A class-A felony carries a penalty of 20 to 50 years in prison.

Lisa Trigg is a reporter for the Tribune-Star newspaper in Terre Haute.

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Such a sad story....

-- Posted by BlackBarbie22 on Tue, Jul 17, 2012, at 10:25 AM

They got what they deserved and that was JUSTICE!!!! So sad that it happened this way!! Rest in peace Joe Joe!!!

-- Posted by gc12345 on Tue, Jul 17, 2012, at 10:30 AM

So now we have to feed and house this criminal for the rest of his life?

-- Posted by Hungry&Fat on Tue, Jul 17, 2012, at 3:55 PM


-- Posted by Apollo13 on Tue, Jul 17, 2012, at 6:48 PM

amen!! r.i.p. joe! you are never forgotten

-- Posted by gcmom4 on Wed, Jul 18, 2012, at 10:18 AM

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