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August 1, 2013

Oxygen's 'Killer Couples' series revisiting story



“Alicia was the bait,” Bright said.

Esposito then jumped into the car while Woodward took over as driver, kidnapping Davis.

The two then drove six hours to Madison where, in a hayfield only a few miles outside of town, Davis was ordered out of the car and then bludgeoned to death with a tree limb by Esposito, according to Bright.

Esposito and Woodward drove Davis' car to Alabama, disposing of the car and Davis' purse. 

“They used her money to stay in hotels and took a Greyhound bus to Oklahoma City, Okla.,” the DA said.

The car was later found to have fingerprints, palm prints and footprints matching Esposito's, while Esposito's DNA was discovered on a discarded cigarette in the car.

The couple later abducted and murdered Lawrence Merrill Snider and Marguarite Bertha Snider from Oklahoma City.

Lawrence was killed less than two weeks before his 91st birthday. Marguarite was 86 at the time of her death. 

Information surrounding the circumstances of the murder of the husband and wife couple was later used in the penalty phase of Esposito's murder trial.

The bodies of the Sniders were discovered in Texas on Oct. 3, 1996. Both had been beaten to death with a tire iron from the trunk of their car.

“The big case stretched across the entire country and involved law enforcement from North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado. We literally went to every single crime scene and talked to every witness. This case would be to me the epitome of an awesome investigation which required the complete cooperation of all those law enforcement agencies involved,” Bright said back in 2009.

Esposito, when captured in Colorado, showed no remorse for his killing stating 'I don't have a conscience.' Bright said they were “still looking for another couple to rob and kill” saying they preyed on elderly people who couldn't run away.

The piece should air within six to eight months on Oxygen.

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