ELYRIA – The son of Lorain County Judge John Miraldi was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of tampering with evidence in connection with the incident that led to the shooting death of Cody Snyder.
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Jeff Miraldi, 20, of Elyria, was arrested by Elyria police detectives around 2:40 p.m. in the 2000 block of W. Park Drive in Lorain, a news release said. The younger Miraldi was arrested without incident and is being held in Lorain County Jail in lieu of a $200,000 bond.
John Miraldi is not under investigation in the incident.
On Jan. 23, police responded to reports of shots fired on Clinton Avenue. They found no one on the scene upon arrival, but minutes later a car pulled into the emergency room drive at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center with Snyder, 19, with a gunshot wound to his chest. Snyder later died from his injuries inside the hospital. Kajaun Anderson and two juveniles are charged with aggravated murder in connection with the killing.
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The car, a 2014 Ford Focus, was driven by Jeff Miraldi. Miraldi’s girlfriend, Jenna Turner, 19, of Middleburg Heights, was in the backseat of the vehicle.
Police said both Jeff Miraldi and Turner were present in the car when Snyder was shot. The car is registered to John Miraldi.
Turner was arrested Jan. 25 at around 2 p.m. in Middleburg Heights for tampering with evidence. Police said she intentionally left the hospital on Jan. 23 and drove to her home with Snyder’s cell phone.
The sole purpose was to hide incriminating evidence from detectives, police said. Turner later admitted to detectives she was concerned the phone contained data that could get her and Jeff Miraldi in trouble.
Police have since recovered Snyder’s phone from Turner. She is being held in Lorain County Jail on $10,000 bond.
The release from police said officers suspect Jeff Miraldi had some uneasiness regarding a drug deal and wanted a firearm in his vehicle for protection. Jeff Miraldi allegedly reached out to an acquaintance and was able to borrow a firearm, police said. Once Snyder was shot and killed, Jeff Miraldi allegedly disposed of the firearm.
Additional charges are likely within the next few weeks, Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said.
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