VERDICT: Jury reaches split verdict in Robert Snyder Jr. case

UPDATE:  A jury has reached a split verdict in the case against a Sunbury businessman. In a decision Tuesday evening in Northumberland County court, Robert Snyder Jr. was found guilty of charges of terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person. He was found not guilty of an attempted criminal homicide charge, and not guilty of two felony counts of aggravated assault, and a misdemeanor simple assault charge.

 

Snyder on the verdict, “Obviously disappointed with the outcome, but at the end of the day, the jury spoke, and we’ll go from there.”
Snyder’s attorney Michael Rudniski, “We were certainly hoping for an equivocal on everything, but split verdicts happen and I don’t know why they split it.”
Snyder’s wife Kim declined comment following the proceedings. Both the defense and prosecution chose to waive a pre-sentence investigation. A sentencing date has yet to be announced.

 

6:23 p.m. UPDATE: Both attorneys in the Robert Snyder attempted criminal homicide case presented closing arguments late Tuesday afternoon. In his closing argument, Bob Snyder’s attorney Michael Rudinski says Snyder’s wife is trying to “maneuver” a bad situation for both sides. One of his biggest arguments is Kim Snyder herself, and her father and daughter who testified knew Bob Snyder’s full intent was to kill himself. Rudinski pointed to part of her daughter Shelby’s testimony when she said her grandparents told her he wanted to kill himself.

In his closing argument, Northumberland County Assistant DA Michael Seward says the defense’s argument is “dishonesty.” When the defense made numerous claims of changing stories from Kim Snyder during testimony, Seward says people “misspeak” and have “memory faults.” He says she got help after the incident and Bob Snyder didn’t and was in Kim’s space because he wanted to be. Seward also called the defense’s motive as a “plot” to get money, even citing a part in Bob Snyder’s testimony how we was upset Kim had spent his money and cut off her credit card spending.

Judge Paige Rosini is delivering instruction to the jury and then jury deliberation will begin. A verdict could be announced tonight. Stay tuned to WKOK for the latest updates.

4 p.m. update:

SUNBURY – A Sunbury businessman charged with attempted criminal homicide says he never had any intent to kill his wife,and during testimony he said he was actually planning to kill himself. During his testimony in Northumberland County Court, Robert Snyder Jr. also says he did not physically fight with his wife during an incident February 2015.  He’s accused of attempted criminal homicide, two felony counts of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault. She testified he said he was going to kill her and then himself.

Snyder, the owner of the Squeeze In restaurant, says his wife was the one who pulled the trigger and “went ballistic” during the argument. Snyder says he did not hit her and didn’t see any marks on his wife’s face after the incident.  He did confirm however, he refused to take the GSR test (Gun-Shot Residue), saying his rights were being abused and wanted an attorney. Snyder also says a quote in the police report “If I didn’t have a reason to kill my wife, I do now” is correct.

Michael Sowers, who’s known Snyder since the early 1990s, also made another notable claim during his testimony. Sowers said during a party he attended with the couple in July 2014, Kim Snyder said “I hate him.”

Bob Snyder’s daughter, Shelby testified earlier Tuesday. Hear that story in future newscast or at WKOK.com. Closing arguments are next in the trial, followed by the jury’s deliberation.

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SUNBURY – In a calm and composed testimony, the daughter of Robert and Kimberly Snyder testified in Robert’s attempted murder trial today.

During day two of the trial, Shelby Snyder talked about distressing text messages she received from her mother after the alleged violent gun incident in their home in 2015.  She says  she was with several people at a home in Sunbury for a play rehearsal when she got the text, “Do not go home! Call me. Please come outside. Tell Jake (Hare) to call his dad. Dad hit me and got a gun!” Shelby said her phone also had several missed calls from her mother.

When she saw her mother, Shelby Snyder also says her mom was badly bruised and was distraught. She then took her mom to the state police barracks, then to UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury.

She was with several people at the play rehearsal, including Kim Fulmer of Sunbury, who testified that she went with Kim and Shelby to the state police barracks and the hospital.   Jacob Hare, son of Sunbury Police Cpl. Brad Hare was there too, he said he drove Kim Snyder’s car with the gun that was used in the incident to the state police barracks.

The alleged incident occurred in February 2015 when an argument between the couple turned violent. Robert Snyder is charged with attempted criminal homicide, two felony counts of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault.  Testimony continues this afternoon.

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