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Bond revoked for accused murderer

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Posted: Jun 9, 2010 5:59 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Jun 9, 2010 7:19 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: murder, Davina Chapman, Larry John Snyder, trial, bond, Pointe Coupee Parish, Ascension Parish, hit-and-run, DWI

An accused murderer is back in jail after being arrested in Ascension Parish.

Investigators believe Larry John Snyder, Jr. killed his girlfriend, Davina Chapman, and dumped her body off a bridge between Livonia and Krotz Springs last year. Snyder was supposed to be on house arrest, as one of the conditions set at his bond hearing last November.

Gonzales Police say Snyder hit a Sheriff's car on May 30 and drove off after partying at the city's Jambalaya Festival. Police arrested Snyder, and he was charged with second offense DWI, hit-and-run and a list of other charges.

"I have no idea what was going through his mind other than stupidity. He was given a second chance of freedom that the victim never got," said Becky Chustz, an assistant with the Pointe Coupee Parish District Attorney's office.

Chapman and Snyder were dating when she went missing. When a search team found her body badly beaten, friends and investigators turned to Snyder for answers.

"We felt some kind of relief when he was in jail, but when he got out two months ago, it was awful," said Denise Kimball, Chapman's aunt.

At a hearing today, the DA's office asked the judge to send Snyder to jail without bond.

"They were concerned with him being out. They thought he was a threat to society. They thought he would possibly flee. Obviously the judge thought the same thing when he revoked his bond," said Chustz.

Snyder's will be on trial for Chapman's murder during the week of July 12th. If convicted of second degree murder, he could face life in prison.

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