JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - It turns out a Jackson County jury will determine if a former Pascagoula cop killed a 16 year old. Monday, a judge denied a change of venue motion for Daniel Snyder. As soon as he did, he ordered jury selection to continue.
Back in 2013, Snyder allegedly drove into and killed Kaytlynn Brann as she walked with a friend along Point Aux Chene Road. At the time of the deadly wreck, Snyder was an off duty Pascagoula police officer.
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.
Keith 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 felt pre-trial publicity affected Snyder's right to a fair trial. That's why he requested the change of venue. But, judge Dale Harkey denied that motion.
Jury selection resumes on Tuesday.