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Grand jury releases indictments in Cody Snyder homicide

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    From left, Kajaun Anderson, Jeffrey Miraldi and Jenna Turner have all been indicted -- in addition to two juveniles -- in connection with the January homicide of Cody Snyder in Elyria.

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ELYRIA – Three people have been indicted on charges in connection with the murder of 19-year-old Cody Snyder.

Kajaun Anderson, 18, of Elyria, faces charges of aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery, robbery and tampering with evidence according to a grand jury indictment released Wednesday.

Jeffrey Miraldi, 20, of Elyria, was indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, trafficking in drugs, four counts of tampering with evidence, possession of drugs and permitting drug abuse.

Jenna Turner, 19, of Middleburg Heights, was indicted on three counts of tampering with evidence.

Nearly all the charges for all three include firearm specifications that the person had a firearm on or about them while committing the offense.

Police say Miraldi was driving a 2014 Ford Focus last month on Clinton Avenue, along with Turner 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 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 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.

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.

A special prosecutor has been brought in to handle the prosecution of all cases related to Snyder’s murder. A visiting judge has been appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court for the cases, as well.

The incident has also spanned into Cuyahoga County, where Turner’s father, Thomas Turner, 52, of Middleburg Heights, has been indicted on counts of illegal manufacture of drugs or cultivation of marijuana, drug trafficking, drug possession and possessing criminal tools by a Cuyahoga County grand jury.

Police found a marijuana grow at the Turner residence while executing a search warrant at the home in connection with the Snyder killing.

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



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