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2 juveniles face adult charges in Cody Snyder death

Both received a $500,000 bond and will continue to be held at the Lorain County Detention Home.

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ELYRIA – Two juveniles charged in relation to the Jan. 23 shooting of an Elyria man were bound over to the adult court system Wednesday morning.

In a hearing in front of Domestic Relations Court Judge Sherry Glass, Qwanda Woodson, 17, of Elyria, and Justin Smith, 18, of Oberlin, both were charged with murder and two counts of aggravated robbery in the shooting death of 19-year-old Cody Snyder.

Woodson and Smith were 16 and 17, respectively, at the time of the shooting and Glass said that – combined with the seriousness of the offenses – constituted a mandatory bind over from the Juvenile Division to the adult system.

Both received a bond of $500,000 and will continue to stay at the Lorain County Detention Home.

The two join three other defendants in the case.

Kajaun Anderson, 18, of Elyria, faces charges of aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery, robbery and tampering with evidence.

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 on Clinton Avenue, along with Turner and Snyder for an alleged drug deal. The three planned to sell a half point of marijuana to Woodson and Smith 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, Lorain County Common Pleas Court Judge John Miraldi. The elder Miraldi is not under investigation.

Contact Katie Nix at (440) 329-7129 or Find her on Facebook or Twitter @KatieHNix.

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