The Ottumwa Courier

July 31, 2013

Snow trial continued to November


Ottumwa Courier

---- — OTTUMWA — An Ottumwa man charged two years ago with beating another man to death will have to wait a little longer to stand trial.

Bobby Joe Snow, 41, was supposed to head to his second-degree murder trial next week, but the trial has been pushed back yet again.

In May 2011, Snow was arrested for allegedly deliberately running over Robyn Assell-Collett, 23, with his car in an alley near the 1400 block of East Main Street and then assaulting James Lee McElroy, 40, in front of his home in the 100 block of South Fellows Avenue.

McElroy later died from his injuries, changing Snow's charge from attempted murder to second-degree murder. His charge in allegedly striking Assell-Collett with his car was also changed to willful injury.

Snow's trial was originally scheduled for Nov. 15, 2011, until arguments over his mental competency delayed the trial. But at a hearing in January, Snow was found mentally competent to stand trial, and the trial date was rescheduled for July 16.

In April, his trial was delayed again until Aug. 6 and this week, it was delayed yet again, this time until Nov. 5, as he must now be evaluated by a health care provider regarding his need for medication.

Snow remains in Wapello County Jail on $500,000 cash-only bond.