July trial date set for murder suspect Musall

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

ROCKVILLE -- A Cloverdale man accused of six felony counts, including murder, will face a jury trial in Parke Circuit Court in July.

At a pretrial conference on Friday, Jan. 27, Judge Samuel Swaim set Jeremy Musall's trial for Monday, July 9 at 9:30 a.m.

Musall, 27, faces two counts of murder, two of burglary resulting in bodily injury, one of rape and one of kidnapping for an Aug. 13, 2011 incident that resulted in the death of Joseph Snow, 30, Greencastle.

The defendant is alleged to have broken into the home of a woman near Rocky Fork Lake in Parke County in the early morning hours of Aug. 13.

He is alleged to have killed Snow and raped the woman before taking her 20-month-old child as leverage to get her to follow him.

Musall then allegedly put Snow's body in his car and dumped it in a cornfield along County Road 500 West in Putnam County.

Following a pursuit, Musall was arrested at his mother's home in Cloverdale. The child was unharmed.

Snow's body was recovered later the same day.

Musall originally faced a trial date of Oct 25, 2011, but the matter has been continued several times because of the serious nature of the crimes.

Public defender James Bruner was appointed to represent Musall in August. He requested Friday that co-counsel be appointed to assist in preparation of the case.

Swaim granted the request, appointing Michael Stites as co-counsel.

No plea agreement has been entered in the case, and Parke County Prosecutor Steve Cvengros is not seeking the death penalty.

The parties will be back in court on June 7 for the final pretrial conference.

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