Grand Jury To Decide Snyder’s Fate In Clay County Murder Case

A Clay County Grand Jury will decide the fate of a 29-year-old man charged in the October shooting death of an 11-year-old girl.

Jacob Stanley Snyder faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count first-degree murder. The grand jury will meet Feb. 26 to make their decision.

Members of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office testified in court Wednesday providing additional details on what led to the death of 11-year-old Harley Evans.

Deputy Tyler Thompson identified Snyder through video evidence taken from the crime scene showing Snyder walking near the home of Justin Evans and his girlfriend, Kelsey Rhoton. Two surveillance cameras were located on the property with a live-stream connected to two televisions inside the home.

Sergeant Anthony Cain stated bullet holes were found going through the front door of the residence. Upon arrival, Cain said he found Justin Evans laying just outside the front door with a bullet wound to the head. Approximately six shell casings from a 9 mm caliber handgun were found in front of the home, according to testimonies.

Once officers arrived on scene, authorities discovered 11-year-old Harley just inside the door face-down with a bullet wound to the stomach area. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

Both Cain and Thompson testified that authorities knew about the home due to prior calls to the property. Cain stated the Sheriff’s Office and Children’s Services have responded to the residence in the past for child welfare checks, noting the couple had a previous history with narcotics and methamphetamine.

Published by Logan Weaver

News Reporter and Graphic Designer

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