Glossip legal team releases new information about Justin Sneed
Attorneys working for death-row inmate Richard Glossip say they have new details about the man who testified against Glossip.
Glossip's legal team says new evidence shows Justin Sneed was addicted to methamphetamine and habitually broke into vehicles in the parking lot of the Best Budget Inn while he was employed as a maintenance man.
The legal team has also interviewed one of Sneed's former drug dealers, Richard Allan Barrett, who told them he dealt methamphetamine with Bobby Glossip, Richard's brother, throughout 1995 and 1996. In September 1996, Barrett says he began meeting with Bobby Glossip, in Room 102, the room Barry Van Treese was found murdered, at the Best Budget Inn at least three times a week.
During this time, Barrett met Sneed who was allegedly buying and using drugs. Barrett says each time he came to the motel Sneed was purchasing and using drugs. Barrett tells the legal team he specifically remembers Sneed trading food stamps, car stereos and other items for meth.
Barrett says during this time Richard Glossip would occasionally come to Room 102 to see Bobby. Barrett says Richard would mainly come to tell the men to be quiet. He says Bobby was not nice to Richard and would frequently tell him to stay out of his business.
The legal team also released a report from Richard Leo, an expert on police-induced false confessions and erroneous convictions. Leo's report says police interrogators fed Sneed with their theory that Richard Glossip was the mastermind of the homicide. Leo says from the start of the interrogation, the interrogators "presumed the guilt of Richard Glossip from almost the start and sought to pressure and persuade Sneed to implicate Glossip."
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Leo says such tactics "are substantially likely to increase the risk of eliciting false statements, admissions, and or confessions." Leo also reports that Sneed's "multiple, inconsistent, and contradictory accounts of the crime" are consistent with a guilty person.
Glossip's legal team will hold a press conference Monday at the state Capitol.