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Sep 16, 2009 5:23 PM by Jim Hummel

Man Pleads Not Guilty in Girlfriend's Death

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John Snyder, the Gonzales man indicted on second degree murder charges in the death of his girlfriend, Davina Chapman has pled not guilty in Pointe Coupee Parish Wednesday.

Dozens of Chapman's friends and family members turned up at the Pointe Coupee Parish Courthouse to look her alleged killer in the eyes.

"This is the first time we've seen him since this all happened and everybody could just feel the tension, it was just scary," said Chapman's mother Dolores Sanders.

Wednesday's court appearance was supposed to be a bond reduction hearing, however Snyder's court motions have been rescheduled to November 9th.

"My heart goes out to the family, but I have a job to do, my job is to represent Mr. Snyder and I prefer to do that in a courtroom rather than in the news media," said Snyder's attorney Jerome D'Aquila.

Chapman's family and friends say they'll continue to come to court for all of Snyder's appearances even before the case goes to trial.

"We love Davina, we have to support her, she can't be here so we're here and we'll continue to come here everytime he comes to this courtroom," said family friend Heidi Ackley.

Jim Hummel

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