Lisa Snyder, left, is fighting to conceal her ‘lewd’ internet search history from jurors who’ll try her for allegedly killing her kids Brinley and Connor, right, as well as having sex with her dog (Pictures: Berks County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook)
A mother accused of having sex with her pet pit bull and hanging her two young children is fighting to have her ‘lewd’ internet search history hidden from jurors.
Lawyers for Lisa Snyder 38, admitted the alleged murderer’s search history could be ‘regarded by society as lewd, lascivious and/or unduly offensive,’ but say admitting it as evidence would unfairly prejudice jurors trying her case.
But prosecutors say the browsing history – which included searches related to hanging, and a crime documentary called ‘I Almost Got Away With It’, will help prove their allegations against Snyder.
Snyder is accused of hanging son Conner, 8, and daughter Brinley, 4, at her home in Albany Township, Pennsylvania. She then claimed Conner had hanged himself to escape bullying at school, and killed Brinley as well because he did not want to die alone.
Snyder’s lawyers have begun to move away from her original claim that Conner, right, hanged his sister Brinley, left, then himself to escape bullies
Conner’s teachers said he was a happy and well-adjusted child, who showed no evidence of being bullied – with experts also questioning whether a child of his age would have the dexterity required to successfully fashion two nooses from a dog leash.
During a subsequent search of Snyder’s mobile phone, investigators are said to have uncovered a video of her having sex with a black and white pit bull, which she allegedly sent to a Facebook friend.
The Morning Call reported that Snyder’s lawyers appeared to be moving away from her original excuse for the killings at this week’s hearing.
They said she had a ‘chronic history of severe mental disorders’ dating back to when she was 16, and that her mental illness gave her a ‘desire to protect her children from feelings of abandonment and/or to alleviate the painful feelings and situations they were experiencing at the time.’
Lawyers for Snyder have further called for her to be tried outside her home county, and for the bestiality charge she also faces to be tried separately to the murder counts.
Prosecutors have opposed both requests. A judge has yet to rule on this week’s court filing, with Snyder held in jail without bail ahead of her next court appearance.
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