Some jurors in a Tri-Cities murder trial are having difficulty looking at the evidence.
KENNEWICK, WA - Some jurors in a Tri-Cities murder trial are having difficulty looking at the evidence.
A Richland police detective Tuesday showed jurors the black hat Joshua Snapp wore when the 17-year- old was shot to death last Fourth of July.
The judge called a brief recess when one juror had a strong reaction to seeing pictures of Snapp's body lying in the desert.
The judge allowed the juror to remain on the panel after the juror said she wanted to go on.
The trial is in its third day of testimony. Joshua Hunt is accused along with another teenager of luring Snapp into the desert near Horn Rapids in a dispute over drugs and money. In the taped interrogation shown to the jury last week, Hunt told detectives he believed Snapp was a "snitch," informing police about local drug dealers. Hunt told detectives he traded marijuana for a gun and he and John Young, 18, lured Snapp to a remote area outside Horn Rapids. Hunt told detectives he shot Snapp once in the chest, and Young shot Snapp twice in the head.
Hunt's lawyer argues Hunt suffered from diminished capacity due to alcohol and drugs.
A diver testified Wednesday how he and his team recovered a backpack and a gun Hunt admitted throwing into the Yakima River after killing Snapp. Mark Allan told jurors he found the backpack downstream from the bridge in Benton City.