Trial for second suspect in Richland shooting delayed

February 28, 2014 

The second murder trial related to the July 4 shooting death of Joshua Snapp, 17, has been pushed back to April 7.

John C.I. Young, 19, had been scheduled to see his trial on a first-degree murder charge start on March 10. But Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller told Superior Court Judge Bruce Spanner that he did not object to the defense motion to move the trial date. Miller said Snapp’s family preferred to move the trial because they did not want to go through another trial so soon after the conviction of Young’s co-defendant, Joshua H. Hunt.

Defense attorney John Crowley had asked to move the trial because of schedule conflicts.

Hunt, 19, was convicted Tuesday of a reduced charge of second-degree murder after a jury couldn't unanimously agree on whether Snapp’s death was “premeditated.”

A pretrial hearing in Young’s case was moved to March 31. Miller said his office had sent files related to the case to Crowley, but Crowley had not received them. The defense and prosecution have had a good relationship in the Young case, so far, Miller said.

Authorities have said that Snapp was shot three times, in the chest and head.

Snapp had been at an all-night party and left in the morning to go with Young and Hunt to smoke marijuana in a remote area near Richland’s Beardsley Road, according to court documents.

After firing two warning shots, Hunt took the revolver and shot Snapp in the chest, documents said. Young then allegedly shot the younger teen in the head, and the two suspects left.

The hearing was intended to allow Spanner to decide if statements Young made to Richland Police after his arrest can be used in the trial.

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