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Attorney: Officer can't get a fair trial in Jackson County

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Pascagoula Police Officer Daniel Snyder was placed on administrative leave without pay. (Photo source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Pascagoula Police Officer Daniel Snyder was placed on administrative leave without pay. (Photo source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Kaytlynn Brann was struck by a truck while walking on Pointe Aux Chenes Road the evening of February 22, 2013. Kaytlynn Brann was struck by a truck while walking on Pointe Aux Chenes Road the evening of February 22, 2013.
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Kaytlynn Brann's loved ones may have to wait for their day in court. The teen's alleged killer is due in court May 19th. However, WLOX News has uncovered new information that could delay the start of the trial.

Defense attorneys say they'll file a change of venue motion on behalf of suspended Pascagoula police officer Daniel Snyder. Because of media attention surrounding this case, defense attorney Keith Miller says Snyder can't get a fair trial in Jackson County.

Snyder is the Pascagoula police officer who was off duty the night he allegedly left the scene of a deadly 2013 accident. He reportedly crashed a pick up truck into the 16 year old girl as she walked along Port Aux Chene Road.

Published court documents indicate Snyder had alcohol in his system at the time of the crash. His attorney argues those documents will taint prospective jurors.

The documents reveal that Snyder took a portable breathalyzer test after returning to the scene 45 minutes later. The attorney admits the results show the presence of alcohol. But he says the results are not admissible in court.

Miller also noted a subsequent blood test given a few hours later showed his client to be under the legal limit, as did a third blood test.

The defense attorney also feels pre-trial publicity has hurt Snyder's right to have a fair trial.

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