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February 18, 1989 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 1979 autopsy on Susan Reinert was "very sloppy" and evidence in the slaying of the teacher was not handled properly, a state police corporal testified under immunity in Dauphin County Court yesterday. Cpl. Ronald Colyer, who testified at a hearing on whether former Upper Merion High School Principal Jay C. Smith received a fair trial when he was convicted of murdering Reinert, said that another state police officer who assisted with the autopsy routinely ignored the rules of managing evidence.
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May 14, 2009 | By Derrick Nunnally INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jay C. Smith, 80, the former Upper Merion High School principal convicted of a teacher's shocking 1979 murder, then freed from death row by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1992, died Tuesday. "It is the end of an era of sorts in the criminal-justice system," said William C. Costopolous, Smith's longtime attorney. "He brought a lot of controversy to the legal community, but he always maintained his innocence. " Smith died at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, which he had checked into Monday for treatment of a heart condition, his wife, Maureen, said yesterday.
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August 29, 1998 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The attorney for Jay C. Smith grilled the lead investigator in the Susan Reinert murder case yesterday about the significance of clues and evidence that allegedly pointed to Smith's being the killer. It was the second day on the stand for John J. Holtz, a retired state police trooper who is one of four defendants in a federal civil suit brought by Smith, 71. Smith, a former Upper Merion Area High School principal, contends that the defendants concealed evidence in the murder investigation and at his 1986 trial, which resulted in his conviction and a death sentence.
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April 19, 1986 | By KURT HEINE, Daily News Staff Writer
For the second day, the prosecution in ex-Upper Merion High School principal Jay C. Smith's murder trial presented testimony that showed Smith posed as a Brink's guard and stole $53,000 from a Sears store in 1977 - a crime for which he was convicted eight years ago. Smith, now on trial in the June 1979 murders of English teacher Susan Reinert and her two children, has been in jail for the theft from the Sears store in St. Davids, Delaware County,...
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August 30, 1990 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
He is a veteran lawyer, a former prosecutor who was at the pinnacle of law enforcement in Pennsylvania and was even portrayed in a TV mini-series that chronicled his most famous case - the murders of teacher Susan Reinert and her two children. Now, Richard L. Guida is at the center of an unusual federal investigation into cocaine use. He has pleaded guilty to a drug felony. And he faces possible prison time and the possible suspension or even loss of his license to practice law. It happened in large part, according to those who know him, because Guida liked to party.
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April 9, 1986 | By BOB GROTEVANT, Daily News Staff Writer
The attorney for Jay C. Smith says prosecutors overlooked "obvious evidence" that might have spared Smith and implicated others in the 1979 killings of Susan Reinert and her two children. Harrisburg lawyer William Costopoulos unveiled his defense strategy yesterday in his opening statement to jurors in Dauphin County Court, where the 57-year-old former Upper Merion High School principal went on trial on three counts of murder. Deputy Attorney General Richard L. Guida contended in his opening remarks that Smith should die in the electric chair for the 1979 slayings of Reinert, a former Upper Merion English teacher, and her children, Karen, 11, and Michael, 10. Guida claims that Smith conspired with William S. Bradfield Jr., also a former Upper Merion English teacher, to kill Reinert for an inheritance and insurance proceeds of nearly $1 million.
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March 29, 1986 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
The murder trial of former Upper Merion High School principal Jay C. Smith, who is charged with the June 1979 murders of teacher Susan Reinert and her two children, has been moved back to the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, the state attorney general's office said yesterday. The trial, which is set to begin Monday, was moved to Carlisle, Cumberland County, about a month ago when Dauphin County court officials said that the only courtroom they had available was one that the prosecution and the defense agreed was too small.
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March 25, 1986 | By BOB GROTEVANT, Daily News Staff Writer
A Dauphin County judge ruled yesterday that former Upper Merion High School principal Jay Smith can have a court-appointed lawyer at his side when his murder trial begins next week. Senior Judge William Lipsitt, who will preside at Smith's trial in the 1979 murders of former Upper Merion teacher Susan Reinert and her two children, dismissed a claim by the state attorney general's office that Smith was not indigent. Deputy Attorney General Richard L. Guida contended that Smith, 57, could afford to hire private counsel because he receives $653 a month from the Pennsylvania Public School Employees Retirement System.
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March 27, 1987 | By Phyllis Holtzman, Special to The Inquirer
Susan Reinert's two children, who have been missing since June 1979, have been declared legally dead. A Delaware County Court order dated March 9 and signed by county President Judge Francis J. Catania stated that "Karen Reinert and Michael Reinert died on June 22, 1986. " That date is exactly seven years from the day when Karen, 11, and Michael, 10, were last seen by a neighbor as they left their Ardmore home in a car driven by their mother. State law allows a presumption of death after a person has been missing for seven years, Catania said.
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December 20, 1986 | By Phyllis Holtzman and Mary Jane Fine, Special to The Inquirer
Proctor Nowell, a key prosecution witness against William Bradfield in the Susan Reinert murder case, has been convicted in Delaware County Court of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend. Nowell's attorney, Ed Harris, had contended that Nowell, 27, was mentally ill and therefore not responsible for his actions. Nowell admitted killing Monica Hines, 23, in July but said that he committed the crime while under a witchcraft spell and had heard voices telling him to do it. The 12-member jury deliberated for about 3 1/2 hours before returning the verdict at 8:05 p.m. Thursday.
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May 14, 2009 | By Derrick Nunnally INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jay C. Smith, 80, the former Upper Merion High School principal convicted of a teacher's shocking 1979 murder, then freed from death row by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1992, died Tuesday. "It is the end of an era of sorts in the criminal-justice system," said William C. Costopolous, Smith's longtime attorney. "He brought a lot of controversy to the legal community, but he always maintained his innocence. " Smith died at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, which he had checked into Monday for treatment of a heart condition, his wife, Maureen, said yesterday.
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November 17, 2008 | By Derrick Nunnally INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Some real-life figures walk straight into the history books. Sixteen years after he was freed from death row, Jay C. Smith has tried to write his way out of a true-crime best-seller. Smith, 80, is the former Upper Merion High School principal whose Jekyll-and-Hyde downfall became the stuff of suburban legend. A lifelong educator and Army Reserve colonel, he was caught in 1978 with drugs, illegal guns and pornography. He was convicted in a string of Sears robberies, and then found guilty of killing Upper Merion teacher Susan Reinert and her children.
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April 14, 2000 | By Sudarsan Raghavan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court, saying it was convinced that Jay C. Smith murdered teacher Susan Reinert and her two children in 1979, yesterday turned down Smith's request for a new civil trial on the issue of whether he was fairly convicted. Smith, former principal of Upper Merion High School, was found guilty of the murders in 1985 and sentenced to die in the electric chair. But in 1992, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Smith freed, saying prosecutors had failed to disclose evidence that might have benefited Smith's defense.
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June 20, 1999 | By Rich Henson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As days turned to months and the trail of the killers of Upper Merion High School English teacher Susan Reinert and her two children grew cold, a local newspaper editorial concluded: "The Reinert case demands a solution, and if that requires an indefinite commitment, then that's the way it's got to be. " Twenty years later, that's still the way it is. Reinert's body was found in the back of her car outside a motel in the Harrisburg suburbs...
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March 24, 1999 | By Matt Stearns, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
It has been two months since Montgomery County prosecutors and state police began their renewed investigation of former Upper Merion High School principal Jay C. Smith in the 21-year-old disappearances of his daughter and son-in-law. So far, investigators have not found anything to help them figure out what happened to Stephanie and Edward Hunsberger in 1978, and no grand jury has been empaneled. "A couple of witnesses who we thought might have produced evidence of value, we talked to, and we didn't get anything out of it," said First Assistant District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. But Castor said there were no plans to drop the investigation.
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January 6, 1999 | By Matt Stearns, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
By this time next week, Montgomery County and state police investigators hope to have figured out just how - or even whether - they should pursue a case against former Upper Merion High School principal Jay C. Smith in connection with the 1978 disappearances of his daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Edward Hunsberger. On Tuesday, the investigators plan to sift through evidence as the next step in the renewed examination of the Hunsbergers' disappearances, said Bruce L. Castor Jr., the county's first assistant district attorney and its lead man on the case.
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December 10, 1998 | By Matt Stearns, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Convicted murderer William Bradfield may have died in January, but he continues to haunt his old colleague and alleged coconspirator, former Upper Merion High School principal Jay C. Smith. Items removed from Bradfield's prison cell appear to be the driving force behind the renewed investigation of the 1978 disappearances of Stephanie and Edward Hunsberger, Smith's daughter and son-in-law, Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. said yesterday. "Near as I can tell, they uncovered some evidence in Bradfield's cell they think might be of value," Castor said.
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December 9, 1998 | By Rich Henson and Matt Stearns, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Like any good law-enforcement official with an unsolved murder, Montgomery County District Attorney Michael D. Marino may have just been trying to be coy. Or he may have meant it as a snub. But as of yesterday, he wasn't saying for sure. On Monday, Marino was asked why a grand jury might now indict someone in connection with the 1978 disappearances of Stephanie and Edward Hunsberger, daughter and son-in-law of Jay C. Smith, when a grand-jury investigation in the early 1980s turned up nil. "We have the finest investigators in the country," Marino said Monday, when he acknowledged that he hoped to launch a new grand-jury investigation.
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December 3, 1998 | By Rich Henson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Stephanie Hunsberger was a heroin addict and part-time prostitute who plied her trade on the streets of Philadelphia. She vanished with her addict husband, Edward, in 1978. The case might not have attracted much attention but for the fact that Stephanie's father is Jay C. Smith. The former principal of Upper Merion High School had recently been arrested on prowling and burglary charges and would later become a suspect in one of the region's most sensational murder cases - the killing of Upper Merion teacher Susan Reinert and her two children.
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December 2, 1998 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
Whatever happened to Jay C. Smith's daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Eddie Hunsberger? Twenty years after the young couple's disappearance, state police have reopened their investigation into Hunsbergers' fate - one of the troubling loose ends of the sensational Susan Reinert murder case. Bruce Castor, Montgomery County first assistant district attorney, said yesterday that state police had begun sorting through several boxes of transcripts, evidence and other records collected during a 1983 grand jury investigation into the Hunsbergers' disappearance.
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