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Murder trial begins today / March 25, 2019
A Danville man accused of murdering his grandfather, a retired Halifax drywall contractor, will go on trial today in Halifax County Circuit Court.

Journy Lee Snead has been charged with the first degree murder of Floyd Crider, who lived with his wife on Sweeney Road outside of Halifax at the time of his death. On July 19, 2018, deputies were called out to the home and found Crider lying unconscious on the floor. The 75-year-old retiree, a native of Pulaski, died of a blunt force trauma injury to the head.

Gloria Jean Crider, Mr. Crider’s wife, was charged earlier this month with soliciting the murder of her husband. She will be tried at a later time and remains in jail in Halifax.

Snead is the grandson of both Mr. and Mrs. Crider.

On Thursday, the prosecution and Snead’s defense attorney, John Greenbacker Jr., appeared in court for a pre-trial hearing in Halifax to determine the admissibility of testimony by a minor family member. Circuit Judge Kim Slayton White presided over the hearing and ruled that the testimony will be allowed.

White also will be the judge for Snead’s jury trial, which is scheduled to run through this week.

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