Snyder murder trial going to the jury
NEW ROADS – The state’s case against Larry Snyder in the murder of Davina Chapman is going to the jury late tonight, according to the Pointe Coupee Parish Clerk’s office.
Earlier today, witnesses for the prosecution detailed how Davina Chapman was killed last year during the second-degree murder trial of her former boyfriend, Larry Snyder.
Prosecutors claim Snyder forced Chapman into his truck and beat her before throwing her over a bridge near Krotz Springs in 2009.
Today, a DNA expert testified that Davina’s blood was found spattered throughout Snyder’s truck. Defense attorneys countered by saying it wasn’t unusual to find the DNA of a significant other in a someone’s vehicle.
Also among those testifying was Jason Thibodeaux, a man Snyder had implicated in the killing.
“It was actually kind of shocking in the beginning,” Thibodeaux told News 2. “He accused me of having her and called me in the morning hours screaming, hollering ‘Where is she?’”
Chapman’s family members that attended the trial said it was very difficult for them to make eye contact with Snyder.
“It's terrible having to look at him,” said Denise Kimball, Chapman’s aunt. “And he has no expression on his face.”
“I know she's smiling down on us,” said Thibodeaux. “She was a great girl, lots of great friends. The best friend I could have ever had.”
The jury is set to begin deliberation after their dinner break tonight. If convicted, Snyder could face life in prison.
Be sure to tune in to News 2 at 10 for the latest on this case.