Hatchet slaying case ends in mistrial

A month-long trial ended in a mistrial in Meeker today because a holdout juror disagreed with 11 others who believe Jerry Snider Jr. is guilty of first-degree murder in the hatchet slaying of his father.

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Martin Beeson said a retrial already is in the works, having been set for May 4 through June 8.

Snider, 30, had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the July 2009 murder of Jerry Snider, Jr., in the elder Snider’s Rangely home.

The jury began deliberations in the case Feb. 2.

“Certainly I respect the jury’s final outcome,” Beeson said.

Dozens of witnesses had been called for the trial, and now face the prospect of being called to testify once again.

“We’ll get it done. We got it done the first time, we’ll get it done the second time,” Beeson said.

Asked what the trial has cost his office, he said, “I don’t have the figures on that but I can tell you that it’s substantial.”

Snider remains in the Rio Blanco County jail on a no-bond hold.


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