DA seeks death penalty for Pa. veterinarian

Pictured: David Rapoport and Jennifer Snyder. Picture of Rapoport is from his profile on the Harleysville Veterinary Hospital website, where he worked. Picture of Snyder is from Facebook.

June 10, 2011 10:15:01 AM PDT
A prosecutor says he's seeking the death penalty for a veterinarian charged with killing his pregnant lover and dumping her body in an eastern Pennsylvania nature preserve.

Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin made the announcement in court Friday.

Authorities say 30-year-old David Rapoport of Upper Gwynedd Township shot and killed 27-year-old Jennifer Snyder. Her body was found March 18 in a wooded ravine in the Trexler Nature Preserve near Allentown.

Rapoport entered a not-guilty plea at the arraignment.

Rapoport is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Snyder and their unborn child. The Morning Call of Allentown reports that he told the judge he understands the penalty he faces if convicted.

Rapoport is due in court again in August.