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New information from probable cause hearing in Allegan Co. murder
ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - We have new information about why police believe an Allegan County landlord murdered his tenant after a DVD copy of a probable cause hearing was obtained and reviewed by Newschannel 3.
Marion 'Kurt' Conley was arraigned yesterday on charges of open murder, felony firearms, and resisting or obstructing a police officer in the death of Jody Snyder.
During the hearing, Detective Chris Haverdink refers to witness statements that Conley was very upset with Snyder and threatened to kill him over lack of payment and damage done to the home.
Newschannel 3 talked with Conley twice in the days after his tenant's murder, and today, we got a fax to subpoena those interviews.
"Every time I come, there'd be new holes in here," Conley told us about the damage in the home.
Conley talked with us steps from where Snyder was murdered in the Valley Township home.
"It makes you mad that somebody would do that," Conley said.
But police now believe that 'somebody' is Conley himself.
"During the interview with Mr. Conley, he admitted he did have an argument with victim Jody Snyder the week before his death," Haverdink said.
"I knew it was going to happen in a sense," Travis Snyder, the victim's nephew, told us after Conley was arraigned. "You can only tell a man you're going to kill him so many times in one week before you really do it."
Detective Chris Haverdink testified that Conley said he got home around 5 p.m. from fixing something at Snyder's home the day he was killed while Conley's wife said he got home around 9 p.m. and out of the blue, said this: "If anybody asks you about my gun, you did not see it. You don't know anything about it."
Haverdink added that Snyder died from .22-caliber bullets, and Conley claimed he hasn't owned a .22-caliber handgun since the fifties. But police found ammunition in Conley's Otsego home matching the caliber, make, and model of the bullets that killed Snyder.
"During the interview with several witnesses, they stated they have seen Mr. Conley with a handgun fitting the description of .22 caliber in the last several years. Also running handguns registered to Mr. Conley it does show he has .22-caliber handguns registered to him," Haverdink stated.
Haverdink also said it appeared Snyder was standing near the kitchen table when he was shot and that he had his arms up in a "defenseless manner" because one of the bullets went through his left bicep into his head. Another hit his temple.