Opening statements Wednesday in Richland murder trial

By The Tri-City HeraldApril 15, 2014 

Defendant John Young enters Benton County Superior Court Wednesday morning in Kennewick. He's charged with first-degree murder of Joshua Snapp.

BOB BRAWDY — Tri-City Herald

Opening statements will be given Wednesday in the murder trial of John C.I. Young.

A jury with two alternates was chosen Tuesday afternoon to sit on the Benton County Superior Court trial, which could last up to two weeks.

Young, 19, is the second person to face a jury for the July 4 fatal shooting of Joshua Snapp.

Co-defendant Joshua H. Hunt, 19, is serving 23 years and four months in prison for his second-degree murder conviction. Young is charged with first-degree murder with a firearm.

Snapp, 17, died from three gunshots to his head and chest after going with Hunt and Young to a remote spot in Richland to smoke marijuana.

The suspects reportedly took Snapp to the desert to confront him because they believed Snapp was a thief and a confidential informant.

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