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Jury Convicts Richland Teenager of Second Degree Murder

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Jury convicts 19-year-old Josh Hunt of second degree murder Jury convicts 19-year-old Josh Hunt of second degree murder

KENNEWICK, WA - A jury has convicted a Richland teenager of second degree murder.

Tuesday morning, 19-year-old Josh Hunt sat in court as the clerk read the verdict reached by the jury Monday night.  

Benton County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Hunt and another teenager last 4th of July after Richland Police discovered the body of 17-year-old Joshua Snapp in the desert outside of Horn Rapids. Snapp had been shot in the head and chest.

When Hunt took the stand during his trial, he said he believed Snapp was a police informant, snitching about the local drug scene. He says he couldn't he remember shooting Snapp, and that he often blacked out when he combined marijuana and meth.

The defense said Hunt suffered from diminished capacity due to the drug use.

Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller had argued Hunt and 18-year-old John Young planned and carried out the murder. 

Young is set to go on trial later this spring.

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