Prosecutor: Homicide suspect faces Minnesota trial first

2013-11-01T19:00:00Z 2013-12-24T09:36:06Z Prosecutor: Homicide suspect faces Minnesota trial firstBy Bill Dolan, (219) 662-5328
November 01, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

A Lowell-area man suspected in the local death of his parents last month must first face justice in Minnesota, authorities there said.

Minnesota's Clay County Attorney Brian J. Melton said Friday he wants Thomas J. Snow, 34, of West Creek Township, to stand trial in Minnesota before the suspect can be released to Indiana authorities.

Snow is charged in Minnesota with fleeing a peace officer, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving during an Oct. 19 police chase.

Melton said no trial date has been set for Snow.

Snow already has waived objections to being returned to Indiana where he stands charged in Newton County with the Oct. 17 armed robbery of employees of an Ind. 10 service station.

Snow also is under investigation in Lake County for the deaths of 66-year-old Joyce Snow and 68-year-old Clifford Snow, whose decomposed bodies were found Oct. 18 in their home near the intersection of 197th and Calumet Avenue, west of Lowell.

The Lake County coroner said they died of blunt force trauma and strangulation. Although the time of their deaths remains under investigation, officers found many days of unread newspapers outside the house.

Police said Snow, who has lived at the house, initially was missing, but they tracked him to Minnesota through cellphone records and his parents' credit card activity. Minnesota police stopped him near Hawley, Minn., after a brief chase.

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