Coroner's jury rules shooting a felony

Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Cape Girardeau police investigated the scene following a fatal shooting at 2857 Themis St. on Feb. 14. (Aaron Eisenhauer)

Steven R. Julian committed a felony in shooting Zachary C. Snyder in the back during an attempt to take him into custody, a coroner's jury decided after deliberating for an hour.

After the jury's verdict was announced, the victim's mother, Edith Snyder, sobbed quietly in the rear of the courtroom at the Cape Girardeau Common Pleas Courthouse.

She testified she had seen her son earlier on Feb. 14, before he was killed, and that he told her he planned on turning himself in because he knew there was a warrant out for his arrest for parole violations.

"He said, 'Mom, I know what's right, I'm going to turn myself in,'" she testified.

Julian said at the time he shot Snyder, he thought his life was in danger. He couldn't see the left side of Snyder's body when the 23-year-old man suddenly jumped toward him, he testified.

Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said he would decide by noon Wednesday whether the state would seek criminal charges against Julian in the shooting. Swingle said he has prosecuted several cases in his career against people who wear badges.

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