Judge orders change of venue in Snider trial

RBC I Ninth Judicial Judge Gail Nichols has ordered a change of venue in the murder trial of Jerry Snider Jr.
Snider Jr. is charged with first degree murder in the death of his father Jerry Snider Sr., which allegedly occurred in the victim’s Rangely home, in July 2009. Jerry Snider Jr. has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
This was the third motion filed by the defendant’s attorneys Tina Fang and Tammy Brady for a change of venue.
Jerry Snider Jr. was tried earlier this year in Rio Blanco County. After six weeks, including a week of jury selection, the judge declared a mistrial.
Publicity and the difficulty in picking a jury in the first trial were cited by Judge Nichols as reasons for the change of venue.
The trial will now be held in Garfield County.
A new trial has been set for May 4 through June 10 in Glenwood Springs. Jerry Snider Jr. remains in the Rio Blanco County jail.
Ninth Judicial District Attorney Martin Beeson, Jeff Cheney and Matt Barrett who prosecuted the case, did not return a call for comment.

By bobby gutierrezbobby@theheraldtimes.comRBC I Ninth Judicial Judge Gail Nichols has ordered a change of venue in the murder trial of Jerry Snider Jr.Snider Jr. is charged with first degree murder in the death of his father Jerry Snider Sr., which allegedly occurred in the victim’s Rangely home, in July 2009. Jerry Snider Jr. has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.This was the third motion filed by the defendant’s attorneys Tina Fang and Tammy Brady for a change of venue.Jerry Snider Jr. was tried earlier this year in Rio Blanco County. After six weeks, including a week of jury selection, the judge declared a mistrial.Publicity and the difficulty in picking a jury in the first trial were sited by Judge Nichols as reasons for the change of venue.The trial will now be held in Garfield County.A new trial has been set for May 4 through June 10 in Glenwood Springs. Jerry Snider Jr. remains in the Rio Blanco County jail.Ninth Judicial District Attorney Martin Beeson, Jeff Cheney and Matt Barrett who prosecuted the case, did not return a call for comment.

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  1. Duh! Should have done this in the first place! Also could have certainly done a better job seating the jury the first time-perhaps read through all of the survey of each individual; perhaps get rid of the attitude “You will know only what we want you to know” since I am not going to quit thinking just because I am on a jury.
    Anyone who thinks “pleading not guilty due to insanity” is a viable defense should have to provide the evidence for that–not the other side have to prove that the accused is sane! Only 12 states let the defense enter a plea of “Not guilty due to insanity,” of course Colorado being one. Four states have outright done away with that plea; of the 12 states that allow only a few make the prosecution prove sanity instead of the defense proving insanity. Silly. Yes, Colorado is one that requires prosecution to provide evidence of sanity not the defense provide evidence of insanity.
    Yes, I did a little research which was part of my being excused from jury duty after 7 days of telling them I did not believe in the defense’s plea.

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