KENNEWICK, WA - Joshua Hunt, accused of murdering 17-year-old Joshua Snapp, took the stand Thursday in Benton County Court to testify his accounts of the Fourth of July shooting near Horn Rapids.
Hunt told the jury he shot Snapp once and then his friend John Young shot him twice early in the morning July 4th.
Hunt said he never planned to kill Snapp.
Thursday, the prosecutor brought up inconsistencies in Hunt's statements since that day on what really happened.
During the cross examination. the defense asked Hunt to describe the shooting.
"I'm sitting there and next thing I know, the gun is in my hand. I just shot him," said Hunt.
Hunt was emotional, pausing to wipe away tears as he recalled the shooting.
Hunt said he and Young took Snapp into the desert to confront him, calling him a "snitch" about drug deals.
Hunt says he had smoked meth earlier and smoked pot with Young and Snapp in the desert.
He says the meeting got "aggravated" and that's when he shot Snapp and then Young took the gun.
"I just started sobbing. I didn't know what to do. I started walking away and he grabbed the gun in my hand and I just heard a shot," Hunt said.
Hunt told the defense he didn't plan the shooting.
"During the day before, the day of, was it a topic of conversation to plan to kill Joshua Snapp?" said the defense.
"No," Hunt replied.
The prosecution questioned how Hunt was able to recall so much, but not one of the most important details. Prosecuting attorney Andy Miller, raised his voice as he questioned Hunt.
"You remember detail after detail after detail, but you don't remember how your gun got in your hand moments before you shot Josh Snapp do you?," said Miller.
"No," said Hunt.
Miller then questioned Hunt about how his gun had enough bullets in it to shoot Snapp three times, following some shooting he'd done two days prior.
At first Hunt said he wasn't sure.
"You reloaded the gun before you took Josh out to Horn Rapids, fair enough?," said Miller.
"I guess, yeah," said Snapp.
Miller also asked Hunt to confirm that some of his original statements to detectives were different than his testimony to the jury.
Hunt told Miller that transcripts of his statements helped him remember what happened when Snapp was shot.
The defense will continue their case Friday and the jury could begin deliberating early next week.