DOVER – A Leipsic woman accused of aiding a suspect in corpse disposal after her father was stabbed to death during a January altercation received court dates for her case Thursday morning in Kent County Superior Court.
Jennifer L. Barnes will have a final case review on June 26 in connection with the winter
homicide of her 45-year-old dad Tony Mozick Sr., with a trial scheduled to begin on July 1 before Judge Robert B. Young.
Ms. Barnes is charged with felony abusing a corpse and other offenses after her boyfriend Gerard T. Schweiger allegedly murdered him during a Jan. 5 confrontation. She was represented in court Thursday by Dover attorney Adam D. Windett, with Dennis Kelleher standing for the state Attorney General’s Office.
After an internal review of evidence by prosecutors, no murder charge was filed against Ms. Barnes when the state presented its case to a Kent County Grand Jury on April 1. She was 23 at the time of the alleged incident, which occurred at Mr. Mozick’s Unit Block residence on West Street.
When the incident was announced, police said the defendants wrapped Mr. Mozick’s corpse in plastic, placed it in a 55-gallon container and then threw it into the Leipsic River on Jan. 6. The corpse was found submerged under the Leipsic River Bridge by a trapper on Feb. 20.
The 24-year-old Mr. Schweiger was indicted on first-degree murder and 10 other charges. No court dates have been set related to his pending trial.
Other charges against Mr. Schweiger include four counts endangering the welfare of a child, abuse of a corpse, non-compliance of bond, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, second-degree conspiracy, hindering, and tampering with physical evidence.
The child endangerment charges related to Ms. Barnes’s four children under age 5 who were nearby in the residence at the time of the altercation, records said. The youngest child was Mr. Schweigers, police said at the time.
Ms. Barnes is currently incarcerated at Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle, with Mr. Schweiger housed at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna.
On March 13, the late Mr. Mozick’s unoccupied home suffered $5,000 in damage after a fire that the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office determined was caused by arson.
The house fire was called into the Leipsic Volunteer Fire Company by a neighbor at 8:50 p.m., the department said, and five units responded. The fire was quickly extinguished, officials said at the time, and the residence was deemed barely habitable at best.