Jury seated in Snider murder case in Meeker

A jury was seated Tuesday in Meeker after a weeklong process to select those who will weigh the evidence in the case of a man accused of killing his father with a hatchet.

Twelve jurors and four alternates are scheduled to hear opening arguments this morning in the trial of Jerry Snider Jr. He faces charges including first-degree murder in the death of Jerry Snider Sr. at the elder Snider’s Rangely home over the 2009 Fourth of July weekend.

Snider has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

The trial is scheduled to last through most of this month. About 300 people received jury summonses in the case.

This is the first murder trial in Meeker since 1999, when Chuck McDowell was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1998 shooting of his wife, Ruth Ann, at her workplace, Rite Aid in Glenwood Springs. That trial was moved to Meeker because of pretrial publicity.


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