Snyder convicted for Murder Conspiracy over year after Mars' Death

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URBANA – A jury deliberated on Tuesday and has found a Decatur man guilty of conspiracy to murder a witness from a 2015 robbery.

23-year-old Kelton Snyder’s trial began last week, on April 5, 2016, one year after the death of 19-year-old Paige Mars, also of Decatur. Snyder admitted in March that he and co-conspirator Matthew Vogt robbed the Circle K convenience store at 1685 South Baltimore in Decatur on April 3, 2015, and that he murdered Mars with a shotgun he used to commit the robbery.

During the four days of the trial, the government presented evidence that Snyder met with Vogt on April 5, 2015, because he feared Mars would go to law enforcement about the robbery, for which Mars was a getaway driver.

Mars’ body was discovered on April 6, 2015, near the sanitation district. A search warrant executed for Snyder’s grandmother’s home turned up shotgun shells in his bedroom, and officers recovered a shotgun hidden along the path of the sanitation district, which was used in the robbery and the murder.

The jury deliberated for four hours before returning with the guilty verdict.

Snyder’s sentencing is scheduled for August 22, 2016. The statutory penalty for conspiracy to murder a witness is life in prison. He remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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