Hearing held in Milton murder case

By James Shappell, Staff writer

MILTON -- An omnibus hearing for Fredil Omar Rodriguez-Fuentes, the 23-year-old awaiting trial for the murder of 20-year-old Carly Snyder in June in Milton, was scheduled to take place at 10:45 a.m. today in the Northumberland County Courthouse.

The purpose of the hearing is to hear arguments to suppress incriminating comments given by Rodriguez-Fuentes, to hear an appeal for a change of venue and to argue District Judge William Kear of Milton held over the case to trial without sufficient evidence to do so. The hearing is scheduled to take place in front of Northumberland County President Judge Robert Sacavage.

Police allege Rodriguez-Fuentes stabbed Snyder 37 times during an attack around 12:30 a.m. June 10 at Snyder's rental on Upper Market Street, Milton.

According to police, Rodriguez-Fuentes broke down during an interview, saying "I stabbed her, I stabbed her." Watsontown Police Chief Dennis Derr, during a preliminary hearing, said that was followed by Rodriguez-Fuentes putting his head on the table and sobbing.

Northumberland County District Attorney Anthony Rosini has said he will seek the death penalty should Rodriguez-Fuentes be convicted of first degree murder in the case. Rodriguez-Fuentes is also being charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault and one count of felony criminal trespass.

Additionally, Rodriguez-Fuentes has been identified as an illegal alien originally from Honduras. According to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency, he entered the country near Brownsville, Texas, where he was apprehended by the U.S. border patrol Feb. 29, 2000. He was later transported to Philadelphia to await a deportation hearing for which he never showed up. If he should ever be released from prison, ICE has said he would be deported.

James Shappell: 570-742-9671