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Veterinarian accused of killing ex-area woman waives hearing

Published May 13. 2011 05:00PM

A Montgomery County veterinarian, accused of killing a former Lehighton woman who police said was pregnant with his child, waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday on all pending charges.

David A. Rapoport, 30, of Upper Gwynedd Township, was scheduled to have a hearing on the homicide and related charges but instead waived all counts to Lehigh County court.

Rapoport is accused of killing Jennifer L. Snyder, 27, of Lower Macungie Township, and a Lehighton Area High School graduate, and dumping her body in a wooded area of Trexler Nature Preserve in North Whitehall Township. Her body was found March 18.

State police at Bethlehem said Snyder's roommate told them that Rapoport, who is married, was upset that Snyder, who was having an affair with him, was pregnant.

Troopers said Rapoport shot Snyder on March 16. Snyder was a veterinary technician.

The two met when they worked together at Maple Hills Veterinary Hospital in Lower Macungie. Snyder had recently moved to an apartment located next to where she worked, it was reported.

Reportedly, Rapoport is undergoing mental health evaluations and that was the reason for the waiver.

District Attorney James Martin has not indicated as yet if he will seek the death penalty in the case.

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