ELYRIA – Jeffrey Miraldi waived his preliminary hearing on all charges during a court appearance Tuesday, and his bail was reduced to $50,000.
Miraldi, 20, of Elyria, was initially charged with tampering with evidence in the homicide of Cody Snyder, 19, who was fatally shot during what police believe was a drug deal that turned into a robbery. Police filed additional charges this morning of involuntary manslaughter with a gun specification, trafficking in marijuana, also with a gun specification, and three additional charges of tampering with evidence related to a deleted text message, removal of drugs from the scene and the removal of Snyder’s cell phone from the scene, a release from police said.
Prior to this afternoon’s hearing, Miraldi was in the Lorain County Jail on $200,000 bond after being charged with an initial count of tampering with evidence for allegedly disposing of a gun after the incident. Bail was lowered to $50,000 by visiting Judge Ronald Adrine. Miraldi’s case will now head to a county grand jury.
Police also arrested Miraldi’s girlfriend, Jenna Turner, 19, of Middleburg Heights, at her home around 9:30 a.m. today. Turner is facing additional charges of tampering with evidence in connection with the shooting for the removal of a backpack, which allegedly contained marijuana, and tampering with evidence with a gun specification for allegedly removing a firearm from the scene of the shooting, according to police.
The gun specifications, if there is a conviction, require a mandatory three-year prison sentence.
Turner is being held at Lorain County Jail pending the posting of bond on an appearance in court, police said.
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