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2nd-degree murder conviction in Richland shooting

Published On: Feb 25 2014 02:28:26 PM CST
KENNEWICK, Wash. -

A Kennewick jury has returned a verdict of second-degree murder in the trial of a 19-year-old accused of shooting a 17-year-old to death last July in the desert at Richland.

Josh Hunt had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Joshua Snapp, but the jury had the option of convicting on the lesser charge.

KNDU reports the jury reached the verdict Monday night, and it was read in court Tuesday.

Benton County prosecutors say Hunt and a codefendant killed Snapp because they believed he was a drug informant.

Hunt said the shooting wasn't planned and he blacked out from drug use and couldn't remember.

One juror was dismissed and replaced with an alternate Monday for using her phone to look up the definition of "premeditation."

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