350 called as potential jurors in hatchet-slaying retrial

Jury selection begins in Glenwood Springs today in the retrial of Jerry Snider Jr. on first-degree murder charges in the 2009 slaying of his father in Rio Blanco County.

Jim Bradford, clerk of court in Garfield County for the 9th Judicial District, said 350 people were sent juror notices. Jury selection is expected to last four to five days, he said.

The trial is scheduled to run through June 10.

Snider is accused of killing Jerry Snider Sr. at the elder Snider’s Rangely home with a hatchet.

The younger Snider pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

His first trial earlier this year ended in a mistrial in Meeker when a jury couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict.

Defense attorneys then successfully convinced 9th Judicial District Court Judge Gail Nichols to move the trial out of Rio Blanco County to make it easier to seat jurors unfamiliar with the case and more likely to be fair and impartial.


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