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Evangeline jury finds Foret not guilty in Snoddy slaying

Posted at 12:13 PM, Mar 01, 2020

John Isaac Foret has been found not guilty in the slaying of Wesley Snoddy, the Ville Platte Gazette reports.

After a trial, the jury found Foret "not guilty" on a charge of second-degree murder in the Turkey Creek shooting that ended in the death of Snoddy in May 2018.

Foret initially was arrested by Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s deputies and booked with impeding a witness after they learned he allegedly was coercing a material witness into hiding at a Ville Platte home.

At the time of the shooting, deputies said Snoddy was shot during an argument with Foret at his home. They said Foret left the home but waited nearby for deputies. He asked for an attorney, and deputies released him initially. Two weeks after his arrest for impeding a witness, he was indicted in Snoddy's death.

During the trial, the newspaper reports, Foret's defense team argued that Foret was there to check on a female friend. They alleged that Snoddy charged at Foret's car, which was parked on the street, with a gun. They say that's when Foret shoot him. They also alleged that Snoddy had meth in his system.