Nov 18, 2010 12:21 AM by Jim Hummel
After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in Pointe Coupee Parish has convicted John Snyder of second-degree murder in the death of Krotz Springs-native Davina Chapman. Chapman disappeared after leaving Kelley's tavern in Krotz Springs with Snyder back in July of 2009. Her body was found days later at the base of the four-mile bridge in Pointe Coupee Parish.
In the days before her body was discovered, Snyder helped search wooded areas for his girlfriend. "If anyone out there knows anything about her please, please let somebody know," Snyder told KATC just days before his arrest.
The KATC interview was presented as a key piece of evidence by the prosecution. It contradicts the defense's claim that Snyder saw Chapman fall from the bridge. He says he initially didn't tell police that because he panicked.
"If it wasn't for the work of [KATC's] photographer and the reporter that went out and interviewed him, it may be a different case," said prosecutor Tony Clayton.
Davina's family and friends were elated at Wednesday night's verdict. "We got him," said Davina's aunt Denise Kimball. "It's a sigh of relief, he won't be able to do this to anyone else."
Kimball says sentencing will likely take place in December.
Reporting from KATC's Melissa Hawkes was included in this report.