Supporters of convicted felon want a new trial for 1991 murder

By Joe Bennett

July 22, 2012 Updated Jul 22, 2012 at 8:32 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- Family and friends of a man convicted of a 1991 shooting in Bloomington maintain he is innocent, urging Jason Chambers to re-open the case once he takes office as McLean County State's Attorney.

Jamie Snow was convicted in 2001 for the murder of Billy Little during a gas station robbery.

Snow's supporters say there is new physical evidence that could exonerate the father of six who was sentenced to life in prison.

They say the prosecution's evidence consisted of faulty eyewitnesses and hearsay from jail informants.

Since then, they say 15 witnesses recanted their statements.

"We're hoping that he will at least take a look at this case with an open mind and see what evidence is there," says Tammy Alexander, a friend of Snow.

No murder weapon was ever recovered for the crime.

Snow's supporters say blood, fingerprints and bullets were never tested or run through a national database.

"They just went with what other people were saying and got in line with everybody else instead of trying to be different and say how they really felt," says Snow's daughter Jessica Snow. "And some people might not have liked my Dad. Not everybody was his friend, but that doesn't make him a murderer."

Snow's supporters are offering $10,000 for information leading to a new trial or Snow's exoneration.

They ask anyone with additional information on the case to call 1-800-815-9299.