BLOOMINGTON -- A judge has turned down the petition of a Bloomington man seeking a new trial on murder charges in the 1991 shooting death of a gas station clerk.
Schuyler County Judge Alesia A. McMillen ruled that Jamie Snow failed to offer new evidence to support his claims that he did not kill William Little during a robbery of the former Clark Station in Bloomington. McMillen was named to hear the case after Snow accused former prosecutor, now McLean County Judge Charles Reynard, of misconduct in handling the case.
In rejecting the allegations against Reynard, McMillen found that "the facts the defendant wishes the court to rely on contain no credible evidence that the state was involved in proffering false testimony at trial."
Lawyers for Snow, now 44, also argued that at least half-dozen witnesses in his 2001 trial have changed their statements or recanted their testimony. People initially questioned who could not identify Snow as a suspect shortly after the slaying came forward more than eight years later and told police Snow had confessed to killing Little, according to Snow's petition.
The claims are not new facts and evidence, according to the opinion received Wednesday by the McLean County State's Attorney's.
Snow's allegations "are an attempt to have this Court reconsider in a different light the evidence originally presented...This Court can't sit as the jury and reconsider the evidence," said McMillen.
Assistant State's Attorney Bill Workman said he was pleased with the ruling.
"I'm pleased for the William Little family that this chapter is starting to come to a close. I think the judge agreed with us that there was no basis for the claim of innocence or a new trial," said Workman.
Snow's lawyer, Tara Thompson with the University of Chicago's Exoneration Project, was not available for comment on the decision or plans for a possible appeal.
Still pending is a request from Snow's lawyers for ballistics tests on two bullets found at the crime scene. The testing that was not available in 1991 could be used to compare the bullets to ballistic data from crimes logged into a national database, the defense argued.