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Snoddy trial delayed until 2014

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Accused of murder in DUI case

By Kenny Colston

The trial of a Louisville man charged with murder for a drunk-driving crash that led to the death of a Westport man will be delayed until next year.

Nicholas W. “Nick” Snoddy was back in circuit court on Thursday for a pre-trial conference between his defense attorney, Steve Romines, prosecutors and Judge Karen Conrad.

Snoddy, 23, has pleaded not guilty to murder, two counts of fleeing or evading police, four counts wanton endangerment of civilians and police officers, DUI (third offense), driving on a DUI-suspended license and speeding 26 mph over limit (or greater).

At Thursday’s meeting, Romines said he is still awaiting reports from three defense experts he has hired and which he will share with prosecutors.  

Those reports, as well as other conflicts, will push Snoddy’s trial back to Feb. 17, 2014, from its originally scheduled November date.

Judge Conrad said the trial would last five to six days, starting on a Monday.

According to court documents, an Oldham County police officer witnessed Snoddy speeding on June 13 and attempted to stop him on U.S. 42 near La Grange.

Snoddy fled to Ky. 53 and crashed into a motorcycle driven by Westport resident Charley Klosterman near Old Sligo Road.

The impact of the crash tossed Klosterman from his bike.  Police officers chasing Snoddy stopped to aid Klosterman, as did several others. But Snoddy continued to flee.

Emergency crews took Klosterman to University Hospital in Louisville, where he spent several weeks fighting for his life. He suffered a multitude of severe injuries, and doctors amputated a portion of his leg shortly after the crash.

Nine weeks after his motorcycle ride took a tragic turn, Klosterman died Aug. 18 at University Hospital. He was 65.

According to reports, Snoddy’s blood-alcohol concentration at the time of the accident registered as .21 – the legal limit in Kentucky is .08 – and he was driving on a suspended license as a result of a previous DUI arrest.

Romines has previously tried to throw out Snoddy’s blood alcohol level as evidence, claiming it was taken long after normal procedure dictates.

Snoddy will back in circuit court on Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. for another pre-trial hearing.