New Charges Filed Against Hatchet Woman

Melanie Snyder is led from the Manor Township Police Department on July 27, 2017 after being accused for attacking her husband with a hatchet. Since his death in December, new homicide charges were filed this morning according to District Attorney Katie Charlton. (KP 2017 File Photo)

Armstrong County District Attorney Katie Charlton announced Tuesday morning that homicide charges have been filed against Melanie Sue Snyder. She will now be charged in the death of her husband, Thomas Snyder.

Melanie Snyder was originally charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault that she allegedly perpetrated against Thomas Snyder on the morning of July 27, 2017. She is accused of attacking her husband with a hatchet while he laid in bed in the couple’s home at 110 Garretts Run Road in Manor Township.

The couple’s three children were present in the home at the time of the attack.

Following the July 27th attack, Thomas Snyder was admitted to a Pittsburgh hospital with serious injuries. He then was transferred to a local nursing facility, but was unable to ever return home.  He died on December 27, 2017.

Subsequent to his death, an autopsy was performed after which Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers ruled the cause of death to be pneumonia as a consequence of encephalopathy of the brain due to blunt force trauma due to the hatchet attack. He further ruled the manner of death to be homicide.

Charges were filed Tuesday morning at the office of District Magisterial Judge Gary DeComo by Manor Township Police Chief Eric Petrosky who led the investigation from its inception.

Melanie Snyder remains incarcerated in the Armstrong County Jail pending trial on the initial charges.