01 - 03 - 2014 Snyder Co. murder trials resume thanks to new year funding
[DI] - Trials are set to resume in Snyder Co. following a 2½-month postponement because of financial constraints. Pre-trial conferences will be held today in the Middleburg courtroom and the first major criminal trial is scheduled for Feb. 3 with the retrial of Seth Hornberger, which will be the first major criminal case to be heard for the year so far. The 21-y/0 Mifflinburg man was granted a new trial following an appeal of his 2012 conviction in the stabbing death of 21-y/o Alan Martin of Winfield, during a confrontation in a Selinsgrove apartment in March 2011. Another murder trial scheduled to take place this year involves husband and wife, Joshua and Jennifer Snook, of Sunbury, implicated in the stabbing death of Bonnie Snook, Joshuaâs grandmother, that happened last Feb. in her Beaver Twp. home. President Judge Michael Sholley suspended all criminal and civil trials or the rest of the year in October to cut costs after exceeding the County courtâs $204,000 annual budget by about $31,000. He attributed this in part to the 2-week trial last spring of 3 men who were later acquitted in the 1997 fatal beating of Donald Seebold III. The courts included an additional $36,000 for this year's budget to offset anticipated higher costs of the trials.