February 18, 1989 |
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.
May 14, 2009 |
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.
August 29, 1998 |
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.
April 19, 1986 |
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,...
August 30, 1990 |
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.
April 9, 1986 |
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.
March 29, 1986 |
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.
March 25, 1986 |
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.
March 27, 1987 |
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.
December 20, 1986 |
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.