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First-degree murder among 10 felony charges in indictment

Grand jury ups shooting ante

Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2000

In an indictment handed down by a grand jury on Friday, a Nikiski man was charged with 10 felony counts.

Zebulon Nudson, 22, was charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder, four counts of first-degree attempted murder, three counts of first-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault.

The action stems from a shooting incident March 12, in which Nudson opened fire on Justin Allen Meireis, 19, Robbie Huntley Meireis, 21, Gary Waddington, 15, Rick Sanchez, 32, and Harry "Freddy" Trenton, 34, at his home on Bastien Road. Justin Meireis died later that day from injuries sustained in the incident.

Robbie Meireis, Waddington and Sanchez also were injured. Trenton was unharmed.

The two murder charges are based on alternating theories of what happened in the incident, and, if convicted, Nudson will face just one murder charge.

According to District Attorney Dwayne McConnell, each of the 10 counts carries the following penalties, as well as fines:

n First-degree murder, an unclassified felony, possible prison sentence of 20 to 99 years;

n Second-degree murder, unclassified felony, possible five to 99 years;

n First-degree attempted murder, unclassified felony, possible five to 99 years;

n First-degree assault, class A felony, possible five to 20 years; and

n Third-degree assault, class C felony, possible zero to five years.

Peter Gamache, counsel for Nudson, said he was not surprised at the grand jury's action given the prosecutor's comments at the bail review hearing on Thursday.

"This is an easy indictment to get if the evidence is presented selectively," said Gamache. "It underscores the seriousness of the entire incident."

"The first count alleges that Zeb intended to cause the death of another person," Gamache said. "I have no evidence that he intended to cause anyone's death."

An arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Kenai Superior Court.



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