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Testimony Underway in Richland Murder Trial

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Prosecutors are trying to prove to a jury that a Richland teenager on trial for murder knew exactly what he was doing. Prosecutors are trying to prove to a jury that a Richland teenager on trial for murder knew exactly what he was doing.

KENNEWICK, WA - Prosecutors are trying to prove to a jury that a Richland teenager on trial for murder knew exactly what he was doing.

Josh Hunt, 19, and another teenager are accused of murdering Joshua Snapp, 17, last Fourth of July.

In the opening day of testimony Thursday, prosecutors called several witnesses who saw Hunt the night before.

Kelly Castleberry says he remembers being at a friend's house when a group of teenagers showed up. Castleberry says they soon asked the teenagers to leave.

"One of them was showing signs that he was on something, a drug, we weren't comfortable being around," Castleberry said.

In his opening statements to the jury, Shane Silverthorn, Hunt's attorney, said after a night of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs, Hunt was out of control.

But prosecutor Andy Miller told jurors police and sheriff's deputies will testify that Hunt never demonstrated any visible signs of being under the influence.

Silverthorn indicated Hunt would testify.

Benton County sheriff's deputies arrested Josh Hunt, 19, and another teenager last Fourth of July. Prosecutors say Hunt and John Young, 18, murdered Joshua Snapp, 17, in a remote area of Horn Rapids.

Detectives say Hunt and Young took turns shooting Snapp in a dispute over drugs and money.

Sheriff's deputies later arrested the two teenagers in Benton City.

A few days later, divers recovered a backpack in the Yakima River in Benton City, where they found the gun they believe Hunt and Young used to kill Snapp.

 Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller has added a firearms enhancement charge, which, if convicted, would add five years to Hunt's prison term.

The trial is expected to last about two weeks.  

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