Judge assigns new defender in kidnapping, robbery trial

By Tim Weideman

Riley County District Judge John Bosch on Monday assigned a new attorney to defend Jerred Snyder, the Manhattan man accused of kidnapping and robbing a man in one case and pawning stolen items in another.

Bosch appointed Jillian Waesche to represent Snyder, 30, moving forward.

Snyder faces kidnapping, aggravated robbery and theft charges in connection with an April 6 incident. Snyder allegedly brandished a gun and forced Ricahrd Rothfuss, 69, of Junction City to drive from the Shop Quik on Anderson Avenue to Marlatt Avenue.

Prosecutors have stated Snyder tied up Rothfuss and left with his truck.

In the second case, Snyder is accused of pawning items he stole from Dianna Philippi, 61, of Manhattan. Synder was reportedly a tenant of one of the bedrooms in Philippi’s home.

He faces two counts of theft and one count of making false information.

Snyder was appointed a new attorney after he informed Bosch in court on July 21 that he wanted to fire his previous attorney, Larry McRell. Bosch allowed McRell to withdraw.

Snyder told Bosch that McRell hadn’t presented him with all the evidence against him so he could make an informed decision about filing a plea. He also said McRell had been unavailable the week prior to answer his questions about the cases.

McRell had taken a vacation, leaving his investigator in contact with Snyder.

On Monday, Bosch scheduled Snyder to appear for a status hearing on Aug. 4.

Bosch said he won’t reschedule Snyder’s pending jury trials for the two cases — one in August and the other in September —unless Waesche makes that request.

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