Jury seated in Richland man's murder trial

By The Tri-City HeraldFebruary 11, 2014 

A jury of four men and 10 women was seated Tuesday afternoon in the trial of a Richland man accused of fatally shooting an acquaintance July 4.

Jurors will get their first look at the evidence against Joshua H. Hunt after opening statements are given Thursday. The trial is in recess today.

Hunt, 19, is charged in Benton County Superior Court with first-degree murder with the allegation that a gun was used in the crime.

Prosecutors said Hunt and co-defendant John C.I. Young acted with premeditated intent when they took Joshua Snapp, 17, to a remote area in Richland and shot him three times with a revolver.

Snapp's body was found later that morning in the desert after Young reportedly told a convenience store clerk in Benton City that someone had just been shot.

Hunt's defense attorney, Shane Silverthorn of Ellensburg, might try to argue that his client had a diminished capacity because of his drug use. Hunt acknowledged being drunk and high on marijuana and methamphetamine after the three teens left an all-night party.

Young's trial is set for March 10.

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