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February 8, 2013

Snow competent to stand trial for murder

OTTUMWA — An Ottumwa man charged with attacking another man who later died from his injuries has been found competent to stand trial this summer.

Bobby Joe Snow, 41, of Ottumwa, faces a second-degree murder charge after police allege he attacked James Lee McElroy in front of McElroy’s home in May 2011.

McElroy was eventually transferred to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, where he later died from injuries sustained in the attack.

Police also allege that Snow deliberately ran over Robyn Assell-Collett with his car in an alley near the 1400 block of East Main Street, approximately one block from McElroy’s house. For this incident, Snow was charged with willful injury.

He could face up to 50 years in prison if he is convicted of second-degree murder.

In November 2011, lawyers tried to argue that Snow was not mentally competent to stand trial, but at his hearing on Jan. 23, Snow was found competent.

Snow’s jury trial has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. July 16.

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