BENTON COUNTY, Wash. – As we first reported on keprtv.com, a young man from Richland is now a convicted killer. A jury convicted Josh Hunt in the death of his friend, Josh Snapp.
Josh Hunt never denied shooting his friend that day in the desert last summer. He cried on the stand remembering it all. A jury convicted him of second-degree murder.
KENNEWICK — Two shots into the desert were the only warning Josh Snapp got before he was told to start praying, then killed execution-style, court documents reveal.
The 17-year-old Richland boy went with his friends, Joshua H. Hunt and John C.I. Young, to a remote area near Horn Rapids Off-Road Vehicle Park believing they were going to smoke marijuana.
But Hunt and Young had other plans for the early morning hours of July 4.
Snapp was shot in the chest and the head, and Coroner John Hansens has said any of the wounds could have been fatal.
The two took several people home after the party. Hunt then called Snapp’s ex and they picked her up, along with Snapp. She wanted to cash a check but no stores were open, so the trio took her home some time between 4 and 5 a.m. Then they drove out to Beardsley Road.
Young claims they were smoking marijuana when Hunt confronted Snapp about talking to the police. Young got the gun out of the glove box, where he’d placed it during the party, and “fired the two rounds into the desert to show Snapp they meant business,” Hunt said when questioned by detectives.
Hunt then allegedly took the gun, told Snapp to start praying and shot him in the chest. Hunt said he gave the gun to Young and walked away, then heard another shot fired before they left together in his Cadillac, the affidavit says.
Young initially told officers that when Hunt took the gun, he shot the teen once in the chest and three times in the head, then handed it back to Young and they left. But after a detective relayed Hunt’s story to an officer with Young, he admitted firing a bullet into Snapp’s head, court documents said.
The men put the revolver back in the glove box and drove to Benton City to buy cigarettes at a Conoco gas station, with video surveillance showing Hunt going into the convenience store at 6:30 a.m., documents said. The two drove down the road to smoke the cigarettes, talk about what they’d say if contacted by police, swap out their shoes so the prints couldn’t be identified and place the shoes and gun in the car’s trunk.