Accused claims ill health, proceedings to continue tomorrow
Detective Scott Rios took the stand Thursday afternoon as the preliminary hearing in the Richard Atwood murder case began it’s third day of testimony. Det. Rios pointed out discrepancies between interviews the accused, Roy Snell Jr., gave in 1983 and statements made when a search warrant was conducted for Snell’s DNA more recently. During the latest interview Snell claimed he did not know Richard Atwood and had not been with him which Rios testified was inconsistent with what he told Detective Richard Miller in 1983 and inconsistent with evidence found in the car.
Early on in the proceedings Snell began to complain about not feeling well. During interactions with Judge Dykman he interrupted her several times despite admonitions from her and his attorney Rick Prysock to listen to what she was saying. Snell repeated that he wanted to leave and go lay down. Finally Judge Dykman ordered Snell taken back to holding to speak to his attorney and proceedings were halted.
The hearing will resume tomorrow (Friday).
N3 will post the time the proceedings will begin as soon as we receive it.
The hearing can be viewed via Youtube by going to the county website http://www.countyofnewaygo.com
Once there you can click on ‘Departments’ and then ‘Courts’ which will display Circuit, District and Probate courts. The hearing is being held in District Court.