Crime, Fire + Courts

March trial set for former UCD chemistry researcher

By From page A4 | November 03, 2013

WOODLAND — A Yolo Superior Court judge set a March trial date Friday for a former UC Davis chemistry researcher accused of keeping firearms and explosive-making materials in his on-campus apartment.

David Scott Snyder, 33, reiterated his not-guilty plea during a brief hearing in Judge David Reed’s courtroom. Prosecutor Martha Holzapfel said the trial, slated to begin March 24, is expected to last about three weeks.

Previously, Reed had ruled there was sufficient evidence for Snyder to stand trial on 17 felony counts related to the alleged discovery of numerous volatile chemicals and firearms found in Snyder’s Russell Park apartment on Jan. 17.

The discovery occurred after Snyder sought treatment for a hand injury caused by a small explosion inside the residence, police said.

Snyder’s attorney, Linda Parisi, has described her client as a “tinkerer” who harbored no animosity toward the university.

The UCD graduate is charged with reckless disposal of hazardous waste, possession of a destructive device or explosive, possession of materials with intent to make a destructive device, and possession of a firearm on university grounds.

Lauren Keene

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