Testimony: Pot purchase gone awry led to stabbing

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By Jay Cason

The Lawrenceburg man charged with fatally stabbing a Franklin County man outside the Lawrenceburg Food Court on Jan. 16 was bound over to the grand jury, after appearing in Anderson County District Court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

Frederick C. Graeter, 18, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing Robert Snider, 20, to death.

According to court testimony, Graeter allegedly attempted to purchase marijuana from Snider.

According to the testimony, Graeter gave Snider a $50 bill and expected to receive a quantity of marijuana and some change in return. However, Snider simply drove off with the money.

Anderson County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis said testimony also indicated that Snider returned to the Food Court later the same afternoon to meet other people.

At that time, according to Kentucky State Police Detective Mike Carnahan, Graeter used a pocketknife to stab Snider in the abdomen during a scuffle between the two.

According to Commonwealth's Attorney Laura Donnell, Graeter will appear before the grand jury in about two weeks.

First-degree murder is a Class A Felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison.

While awaiting his next court appearance, Graeter remains housed in the Franklin County jail. His bond is set at $750,000 cash.