A five-day jury trial is set to start Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court for 32-year-old Journy Lee Snead, indicted in December for felony first-degree murder in connection with the death of his grandfather, 75-year-old Floyd Leslie Crider.
A Halifax County Circuit Court Grand Jury on Dec. 6 returned a true bill charging Snead with felony first-degree murder in connection with the death of the retired drywall contractor.
The grand jury also returned a true bill against Snead charging him with felony cruelty or injury to a child.
Crider, of Halifax, died in an apparent homicide that occurred on the evening of Thursday, July 19, at his residence.
Crider was found around 6:30 p.m. lying on the floor of his Sweeney Trail residence, dead from apparent head injuries, according to Sheriff Fred S. Clark.
After the indictment came back as a true bill, Halifax County officers received information Snead was in Pittsylvania County.
Clark said his office alerted Danville Police Department and Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office to be on the lookout for the vehicle in which Snead was believed to have been traveling.
Pittsylvania County deputies located Snead and arrested him on Dec. 6, and he was transported to the Pittsylvania County Jail in Chatham where he was held with no bond. On Dec. 7, he was transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Halifax.
Snead is the first of two persons indicted in connection with the death of Floyd Crider.
Earlier this month on March 7, the grand jury indicted 71-year-old Halifax resident Gloria Jean Crider on one felony count of solicitation of another person to commit the murder of her husband, Floyd Crider, according to court documents.
According to the indictment, Crider “unlawfully and feloniously commanded, entreated or otherwise attempted to persuade another person to commit the murder of Floyd Crider.”
Gloria Jean Crider currently is being held on no bond at Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond.
No trial date has been set for Gloria Jean Crider on the solicitation charge.