Grand jury indicts Allen man after body found in burn pit

Published 4:02 pm Wednesday, April 3, 2024

By Justin Story, Bowling Green Daily News

SCOTTSVILLE – An Allen County man accused of fatally shooting another man and concealing his body in a burn pit has been indicted on multiple criminal counts.

Glen L. “Lenny” Snook, 68, of Adolphus, was indicted last week by an Allen County grand jury on charges of murder, second-degree arson, abuse of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and second-degree persistent felony offender.

Snook is accused of killing Johnny “J.L.” Crawford, 31, of Bethpage, Tenn., outside a residence on McDonald Road in Adolphus on March 11.

Kentucky State Police arrested Snook on March 21 after he reportedly confessed.

Police arrested him on the same charges except for a count of third-degree arson, which was amended up to second-degree arson by the grand jury.

The indictment alleges that after shooting Crawford, Snook placed his body in a red Dumpster and moved it to a burn pit, where he is alleged to have scattered several items of debris over the corpse.

Snook is also accused of setting Crawford’s truck on fire on Blankenship Road in Allen County and hiding the rifle allegedly used in the slaying in a wooded area behind his home.

KSP had been called by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office on March 20 to assist in a call about a possible missing person.

According to an arrest citation, Crawford’s mother informed authorities she had not been in contact with her son for several days and that she and her husband went to her son’s last known residence on McDonald Road, where he stayed with his girlfriend, and found a boot belonging to Crawford near a burn pit in the backyard.

Police called to the residence found Crawford’s body in the burn pit, and detectives eventually learned that Snook had threatened “on several different occasions” to kill Crawford, according to court records.

“A witness also advised that they had observed video surveillance from this residence showing Lenny moving a large red trash can and that after they inspected it, they observed what appeared to be large amounts of blood inside the trash can,” Snook’s arrest citation said.

Video footage also reportedly showed Snook around the burn pit, and detectives obtained a search warrant for Snook’s residence on Blankenship Road in Adolphus.

Snook was taken into custody after police found him hiding in his residence, his citation said, and he was interviewed at the Scottsville Police Department.

“When asked why he believed he was there Snook stated, ‘because I killed that man,’ ” Snook’s arrest citation said.

Snook reportedly told police he had gone to the house on March 11 after being asked by Crawford’s girlfriend to make Crawford leave the property.

Snook related that he encountered Crawford next to a fence and got into a verbal altercation with him, leading Snook to warn Crawford that he would shoot if he came closer, records show.

“Lenny stated that as J.L. began to climb over the fence, he fired two warning shots over J.L.’s head,” Snook’s arrest citation said. “Lenny said that J.L. continued to cross the fence and that he fired at least three more times, striking J.L. in the shoulder area and head … Lenny also alleged that during the altercation J.L. brandished a switch blade knife and threatened Lenny with it.”

Snook claimed to have the knife, but he was unable to find it at his home, records show.

Snook reportedly told police he burned Crawford’s truck the following day.

Allen Circuit Judge Mark Thurmond set Snook’s bond at $1 million cash.

Snook is due to appear before Thurmond on April 30 for arraignment.