Defense Asks Judge Veon to Recuse Herself from Bosley Case

| November 17, 2023

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) — Venango County Assistant Public Defender Eric Padin filed a motion in the Court of Common Pleas today, November 17, asking President Judge Marie T. Veon to recuse herself from the case against David Allen Bosley.

(Pictured above: David Allen Bosley, photographed for the State Parole Board on May 16, 2019.)

Bosley is accused of the March 26th rape and murder of Suzette Nellis. Nellis, 76 at the time of her death, was reported missing after she failed to return home following a walk on the bike path in Oil City. Her remains were discovered the following morning in an overgrown area between the path and the Allegheny River, between Osbourne and Mineral Streets.

76-year-old murder victim Marcy Suzette Nellis.

Padin listed five reasons for the motion to recuse:

  1. Veon was the District Attorney who prosecuted Bosley for rape, aggravated assault, and aggravated indecent assault in the 1990s.
  2. The community of Venango County is aware of Veon’s role in Bosley’s prosecution.
  3. Grounds for recusal may exist.
  4. The ability for Veon to assess the case in an impartial manner may be in jeopardy.
  5. Veon’s involvement in the case may create the appearance of impropriety and undermine public confidence in the court.

“Defendant finally requests that this Court recuse itself if it is deemed appropriate,” said the motion.

Marie T. Veon at the Senate Judiciary Committee public hearing in consideration of her appointment to the Court of Common Pleas for Venango County. December 14, 2021.

Bosley was convicted of unlawful restraint and simple assault after a one-day trial in October of 1990. He was originally charged with attempted rape, unlawful restraint, and indecent assault. He pleaded guilty to simple assault in January of 1993 in a deal to drop a charge of aggravated assault. In January of 2000, he was convicted of six criminal counts, including burglary, two counts of attempted kidnapping, criminal attempted rape, aggravated indecent assault, and unlawful restraint. Judge Veon prosecuted Bosley in each case.

For a detailed account of Bosley’s criminal record, read The Disturbing Criminal History of David Allen Bosley.

Another motion is still before the court, in which Bosley’s defense is asking for a change of venue. That hearing, originally scheduled for November 2, is now set to take place on November 20 at 10:00 a.m. at the Venango County Courthouse.

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