THE mother accused of forcing her dog to perform oral sex on her before hanging her children in her basement says she needs taxpayers to pay for her lawyer.
Lisa Snyder, 37, was charged with killing her children, Brinley, four, and Conner, eight, who were found dead in the basement of their home in Albany Township, Pennsylvania, in September 2019.
Lisa Snyder, 37, has asked for a taxpayer-funded defense attorney[/caption]
She’s also been charged with third-degree murder, child endangerment, and evidence-tampering — and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
On June 29, Snyder’s defense attorney, Dennis Charles, told a judge in Berks County that Snyder couldn’t afford her defense.
A motion was filed seeking funding for expert witnesses she’ll need at her trial.
According to The Morning Call, Charles said in court that Snyder had less than $400 in her bank account when she was arrested.
The kids were resuscitated but were pronounced dead three days later[/caption]
He said her only asset was a 2017 Ford Fusion that she acquired by trading in a jeep her grandfather gave her.
Snyder’s parents used their retirement fund to get her a lawyer, and said they want to sell the car to reimburse their money.
But prosecutors have said that proceeds from selling the vehicle — which they say is worth about $23,000 — should be spent on her defense before taxpayer funds are used.
Her attorney has said the case is based on “speculation and guesswork.”
Snyder has claimed that the two children killed themselves[/caption]
The mom is seen here after her arrest last year[/caption]
Snyder has claimed that her two kids killed themselves.
She’s also claimed her son was bullied, but police said they’ve found no evidence of that, and said on the day he died, surveillance video from the bus didn’t show any signs of distress.
Prosecutor Margaret McCollum said in court: “Conner was incapable of doing this to himself. He was incapable of doing this to his sister.”
On September 23, Snyder called police around 4.30pm and said she found the kids hanging from a beam in the basement and were unresponsive.
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First responders arrived 11 minutes later and found the kids in cardiac arrest and hanging three feet apart from one another with wire cable wrapped around their necks, prosecutors said.
The kids were resuscitated but died three days later.
Weeks before the kids’ deaths, Snyder reportedly shared a video of herself online having sex with her dog — which police said they discovered while investigating the deaths.