SCHNACK: ‘…obviously Tim will be appealing this decision’

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Defense attorney Casey Schnack consults with Tim Bliefnick during the final pre-trial hearing on May 19. Pool photo: Matt Hopf, Herald-Whig

QUINCY — Casey Schnack, defense attorney for Tim Bliefnick, released a statement Thursday regarding his Wednesday conviction on two counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Home Invasion:

“On behalf of myself, Tim and the entire Bliefnick family, I would like to thank the jurors for their hard work and effort they put into deciding this case.

“We would like to thank Judge Adrian for the manner in which the entire proceeding was conducted. We know he was under a lot of pressure to make evidentiary matters open to the press and that he has received criticism for that. Quite frankly, I don’t think this case could have been tried in Adams County had it not been for Judge Adrian’s position in this matter.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge the Quincy Police Department for the hard work that they put into this case especially Emily Pezzella, who collected 40 pages worth of potential exhibits. I think I acknowledged that in my closing argument, but I wanted to do that here again here today.

“As I stated it is our belief that the work of the Quincy Police Department exonerated Tim, but obviously the jury felt differently. As far as the trial is concerned, we are obviously disappointed in the verdict. We felt going into the trial, through the trial and still that there was not enough evidence to convict Tim beyond a reasonable doubt, but obviously the jury felt differently. While we disagree with their verdict, we certainly accept it.

“We all worked incredibly hard to get this matter done within 90 days and I’d like to congratulate Josh Jones and Laura Keck for their ability to that in the manner in which they did.

“As far as the media coverage is concerned, I know they have a job to do and I wish they understood that I have a job to do, some of them apparently don’t, but me or Josh or Laura commenting on anything while the case is pending can do nothing more than case problems for everyone concerned.

“Obviously, the post-trial motions will be prepared and filed, I assume those will be open to the media and public in general and they can see those when they are filed.

“Assuming that none of those are granted, obviously Tim will be appealing this decision.”

Casey Schnack


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