A Louisiana man accused of murder in Pointe Coupee Parish and free on $250,000 bond crashed into a Ascension Parish Sheriff’s vehicle last Sunday in Gonzales. According to reports, Larry Snyder rear ended an unmarked Sheriff’s vehicle around 9:44 p.m. on Cornerview Road and drove away after the Pittsburgh truck¬†wreck. After the crash, deputies chased Snyder for half a mile before finally giving himself up to authorities. Police booked Snyder on charges of hit and run driving, second DWI, improper lane use and possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle.
As a result of the car wreck, District County Attorneys plan to request that the court allow Snyder to be held in jail without bond until this murder trial. Police reported that Snyder had been visiting many local bars and found beer tickets from this weekend’s Jambalaya Festival when he was apprehended. According to his bond agreement, Snyder was only allowed to leave the house to go to work, court or meet with his attorney. The court fitted Snyder with a GPS monitoring bracelet to monitor his whereabouts before the trial.
In July 2009, Snyder was charged with the alleged kidnapping and murder of his longtime girlfriend, Davina Chapman, 32, in St. Landry Parish. Investigators believe Snyder got into an argument with Chapman outside a bar and kidnapped her. Chapman’s battered body was later found on July 20 in a wooded area near U.S. Highway 190.
Snyder pleaded innocent to second-degree murder in the death of Chapman. No date has been set for the trial.