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Charges pile up, but bail is reduced for Jeffrey Miraldi (VIDEO)

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    Jeff Miraldi enters for preliminary hearing at Elyria Municipal Court Feb. 8.

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    Jeff Miraldi, left, talks with attorney Tony Manning, at preliminary hearing at Elyria Municipal Court Feb. 8.

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    Jeff Miraldi, right, with attorney Tony Manning, listen to the prosecution at preliminary hearing at Elyria Municipal Court Feb. 8.

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    Jeff Miraldi, right, talks with attorney Tony Manning, at preliminary hearing at Elyria Municipal Court Feb. 8.

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    Visiting Judge Ronald B. Adrine presides at Jeff Miraldi preliminary hearing at Elyria Municipal Court Feb. 8.

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ELYRIA — Jeffrey Miraldi now is facing additional charges — including involuntary manslaughter — in connection with the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Cody Snyder.

Miraldi, 20, of Elyria, has been charged with 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.

Miraldi had been in Lorain County Jail on a $200,000 bond after being charged with an initial count of tampering with evidence for allegedly disposing of a gun after the incident. He appeared in Elyria Municipal Court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing and an arraignment on the new charges.

Defense attorney Anthony Manning said Miraldi wished to waive the preliminary hearing on the initial charge and the additional charges. Visiting Judge Ronald Adrine then bound the case over to the Lorain County grand jury for consideration.

Adrine also reduced Miraldi’s bond to $50,000 and ordered him to wear a GPS monitoring device upon release from jail.

Police also arrested Miraldi’s girlfriend, Jenna Turner, 19, of Middleburg Heights, at her home about 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Turner is facing additional charges of tampering with evidence in connection with the shooting for allegedly removing 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 was being held at Lorain County Jail pending the posting of bond on an appearance in court, police said.

Kajuan Anderson, 18, and two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, have been charged with aggravated murder in connection with Snyder’s death. The state has made a motion to prosecute the juveniles as adults.

The case could cause issues as it works its way through the Lorain County court system, because Miraldi is the son of sitting Lorain County Common Pleas Court Judge John Miraldi. The elder Miraldi, who is not under investigation, was the registered owner of the car Snyder was shot in. Police said the younger Miraldi was driving the car at the time, and reportedly drove Snyder to the hospital.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.



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