ELYRIA — Jeffrey Miraldi was released late Monday afternoon from the Lorain County Jail.
Miraldi, 20, of Elyria, posted bond at
4:12 p.m., according to jail records. He had been in jail since his arrest Feb. 2 on a charge of tampering with evidence in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Cody Snyder.
Last week, Miraldi received additional charges, including involuntary manslaughter, three additional counts of tampering with evidence and trafficking in marijuana.
Miraldi’s bond had been set at $200,000. Last week, visiting Judge Ronald Adrine reduced the bond to $50,000.
Police say Miraldi was driving a 2014 Ford Focus last month on Clinton Avenue, along with his girlfriend, Jenna Turner, 19, of Middleburg Heights, and Snyder for an alleged drug deal. The three planned to sell a half pound of marijuana to two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, for $1,400, police said.
The juveniles allegedly planned to rob Miraldi, Snyder and Turner during the deal and enlisted the help of 18-year-old Kajaun Anderson, police said. While the transaction was taking place, Anderson allegedly opened the back door of the vehicle and pointed a gun inside. A confrontation ensued and Snyder was allegedly shot in the chest by Anderson, police said.
Miraldi drove Snyder to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center where Snyder died from his injuries, police said.
In addition to the gun police say Anderson used to shoot Snyder, there was another gun at the scene of the shooting, one acquired by Miraldi, according to police. One of Miraldi’s tampering with evidence charges stemmed from his disposing of the firearm after Snyder died, police said.
The car Miraldi was driving during the incident was registered to his father, Judge John Miraldi. The elder Miraldi is not under investigation.
Turner also has been charged with multiple counts of tampering with evidence and is out on bond.
Anderson and the two juveniles have been charged with aggravated murder in connection to the killing of Snyder. The state is seeking to try the juveniles as adults.
The Chronicle-Telegram typically does not identify juveniles charged with crimes unless their cases are transferred to the adult justice system.
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