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Richland Teenager Says He Believed Snapp a "Snitch"

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A Richland teenager on trial for murder says he shot his victim because he thought he was a police drug informant. A Richland teenager on trial for murder says he shot his victim because he thought he was a police drug informant.

KENNEWICK, WA - A Richland teenager on trial for murder says he shot his victim because he thought he was a police drug informant.

Benton County sheriff's deputies arrested Josh Hunt, 19, and another teenager last Fourth of July for the murder of Joshua Snapp,17.

 Jurors Friday watched the taped interrogation when Hunt told detectives he thought Snapp was a snitch, so he traded marijuana for a gun and he and John Young, 18, lured Snapp to the desert outside Horn Rapids.

Hunt told detectives he shot Snapp once in the chest, and Young shot Snapp twice in the head. At that point in the interview, Hunt began to cry.

Hunt's lawyer argues Hunt was under the influence of alcohol and drugs and couldn't control his actions.

Sheriff's deputies later arrested the two teenagers in Benton City hours after Richland police discovered Snapp's body.

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 to the first degree murder charge, which, if convicted, would add five years to Hunt's prison term.   

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