Two Richland teens accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy after an all-night party pleaded innocent Wednesday to first-degree murder charges.
The teens appeared separately in front of a packed courtroom in Benton County Superior Court.
Joshua H. Hunt, 19, and John C.I. Young, 18, are charged with one count each of first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Josh Snapp on July 4 in a remote area near the Horn Rapids Off-Road Vehicle Park in Richland.
Loud sobs filled the courtroom as both teens appeared in front of Superior Court Judge Vic VanderSchoor. Friends and relatives hugged each other and held hands as the teens stood by their attorneys.
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Prosecutor Andy Miller alleges Hunt and Young acted with premeditated intent when they each shot Snapp.
Hunt allegedly shot him twice in the chest before Young allegedly shot him once in the head, court documents said. Snapp was still alive when Young shot him, said investigators. The teens lured Snapp to the remote area after the party to smoke marijuana, court documents said. They allegedly confronted him about a debt he apparently owed Hunt and then killed him.
Both teens left Snapp’s body in the brush and drove toward Benton City, where they tossed a backpack with their shoes and the gun into the Yakima River, court documents said. Police have yet to find the backpack.
Hunt and Young are each being held in the Benton County jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.