BLOOMINGTON - New DNA testing will be requested by attorneys for Jamie Snow, the former Bloomington man convicted of killing Bill Little almost 20 years ago, Snow's attorney said in a hearing Monday. | Snow's post-conviction motion (PDF) | Pelo's letter to Snow (PDF) | VIDEO: Exclusive interview
A mix-up in paperwork between attorneys and state corrections officials kept Snow from attending the brief hearing in McLean County Circuit Court.
Snow is serving a life sentence in the Stateville Correctional Center for the 1991 murder of Little, a gas station attendant killed during a robbery of a former Clark station located on the corner of Emerson and Linden streets
Tara Thompson, Snow's attorney with The Exoneration Project, told Circuit Judge Donald Bernardi that a motion will be filed within two weeks related to two unspecified items of evidence. Thompson declined to identify what items the defense wants to test.
The Exoneration Project at the University of Chicago Law School took Snow's case in April.
Among those at the Law and Justice Center for Snow's hearing were his wife, Tammy, and daughter, Jessica Snow.
"I just hope they find out who really did it (the murder) so my dad can come home to his family," said Snow's daughter.
"I'd like to see him get a fair trial, for the sake of his kids. Their whole childhood has been affected," said Snow's wife.
Bernardi set a Sept. 29 hearing on the DNA issue. The defense has until Oct. 24 to file an amended petition for a new trial. Assistant State's Attorney Bill Workman did not object to the defense request for more time to file the amended petition.
Snow filed a petition in January arguing that unreliable testimony from jailhouse informants should not have been used against him at trial. He also took issue with the testimony of Danny Martinez, an eyewitness who identified Snow nine years after the murder.