ELYRIA — Cody Snyder was fatally shot in a car registered to Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi, police said during a hearing in Elyria Municipal Court on Thursday.
Miraldi, who is not under investigation, confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram that the vehicle belongs to him and said his 20-year-old son uses the vehicle to drive to work. Elyria police have not named the other two people in the vehicle with Snyder when he was shot Jan. 23 because it’s an ongoing investigation, Capt. Chris Costantino said.
The Chronicle typically does not identify uncharged suspects.
The 19-year-old Snyder was in the car with two other people, and was in the front passenger seat, Elyria Police Detective Robert Whiting said. Two juveniles along with Kajaun Anderson, 18, allegedly tried to rob the three in the vehicle during a drug transaction and an altercation took place.
Anderson is charged with aggravated murder in the killing.
During the hearing, Whiting said the two juveniles set up the drug deal.
“They had planned to purchase a half pound of marijuana for $1,400. During the course of their planning for the robbery, they solicited the help of (Anderson),” Whiting said.
Anderson brought the gun, and he also provided a BB or pellet gun that one of the juveniles was armed with, Whiting said.
The juveniles sent a text to one of the people involved with Snyder to tell them to meet at 156 Clinton Ave., which is “right down the street” from Anderson’s home, Whiting said.
“Upon arriving, they pulled up to 162 Clinton Ave. At that time, the two juveniles walked up to the car, got into the car and began discussing the drug transaction,” Whiting said.
He said the drug transaction occurred between one of the other people in the car with Snyder and one of the juveniles.
“At that time, Kajaun Anderson came up to the driver’s side back door, opened up the door with the gun, pointed the gun inside the car and began the robbery. At that time, it started an altercation that took place inside the car, and (Snyder) was shot in the chest,” Whiting said.
Police responded to a report of shots fired at the Clinton Avenue address, but upon arrival they found nobody in the area, Whiting said. An officer then went to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, and a short time later a car pulled up and Snyder was seen inside it covered in blood.
Snyder was taken into the hospital, but later died from his injuries.
While speaking to the two other people in the car, police learned they were familiar with one of the juveniles involved in the robbery.
“They had made prior drug sales to that person before,” Whiting said. “During that discussion, we were able to locate the two juveniles, and they confessed to their portions of the incident. They apprised us of Kajaun Anderson’s name.”
Whiting said Anderson later confessed to shooting Snyder and to planning the robbery. Anderson also said he got rid of the gun after the shooting.
Police have not found the gun used to shoot Snyder.
Retired Assigned Judge Lisa Locke Graves bound Anderson’s case over for consideration by a county grand jury at the conclusion of the hearing.
A motion to prosecute the two juveniles, who also are facing charges in the case, as adults was filed earlier this week. A hearing on the matter is set for next month.
The Chronicle typically does not identify juveniles charged with crimes unless their cases are transferred to the adult justice system.
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Kajaun Anderson appears in court on Thursday afternoon, February 1. Anderson faces aggravated murder charges, along with two juveniles, in the shooting of Cody Snyder last week.
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