Rumble in Roseland: Moves to Courtroom

The "Rumble in Roseland" may have quieted down in recent weeks. But this morning, the rumblings began again.

Roseland City Councilman David Snyder appeared in court this morning. Snyder says he can't get a fair trial in St. Joseph County.

Prosecutors say Snyder beat up fellow councilman Ted Penn at a Roseland Redevelopment Commission meeting last month. Snyder now faces battery and felony intimidation charges. If he's convicted, he could spend up to four years in jail.

Today, Judge Frese gave the defense thirty days to formally ask for the trial to be moved to another county.

"Wherever he goes, he's going to be guilty," said Ted Penn. "Once they get all the facts and figures and all the photographs and everything else. If he's not guilty.. there's no justice. Period."

Meanwhile, David Snyder had this to say about the trial.

"No, it's challenging. It's stimulating. It's a chance to open up the doors and show the world what's going on here."

Snyder's attorneys say because of the trial publicity, they won't be able to find an impartial jury in St. Joseph County.


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