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Accused murderer arrested for DWI

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Posted: Jun 1, 2010 5:23 PM by Anna Brown
Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office

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Topics: Gonzales, Larry John Snyder, Jr, Cornerview Road, hit and run, DWI, Pointe Coupee Parish, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, Davina Chapman, Krotz Springs, St. Landry Parish, Gonzales Police Department

An accused murder on house arrest was arrested on May 30, after a hit-and-run accident in Gonzales.

According to Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley, 36-year-old Larry John Snyder, Jr, Gonzales, rear-ended an unmarked Sheriff’s office car on Cornerview Road, and then fled the scene at 9:44 p.m. The deputy that was hit gave chase, and Snyder pulled into a parking lot about a half mile away.

At the time of his arrest, Snyder was wearing an ankle bracelet and was out of jail on bond from Pointe Coupee Parish. He was also in possession of beer tickets from the Jambalaya Festival in Gonzales. According to Pointe Coupee Parish court minutes, Snyder was released on $250,000 bond on the conditions of house arrest, wearing an electric monitoring device, and only leaving to go to work and court/attorney appointments.

Snyder is accused in the death of his girlfriend, Davina Chapman, in July 2009. Authorities say he kidnapped her from a bar in Krotz Springs. Her body was found under a bridge near there. Snyder is charged with second degree murder in Pointe Coupee Parish and kidnapping in St. Landry Parish. He pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Officers of the Gonzales Police Department arrested Snyder following the accident and charged him with hit-and-run driving, DWI 2nd, improper lane use, and possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle.

Bond has not yet been set for charges related to the hit-and-run, and Snyder is being held in the Ascension Parish Jail. Officials in Pointe Coupee Parish have been notified of Snyder’s apparent violation of the terms of his bail there. According to Pointe Coupee Parish, a court date has been set for June 9, 2010.

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