Nikiski shooting plea entered

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2000

"Not guilty on all counts" was the plea entered by Zebulon Eugene Nudson at an arraignment in Kenai Superior Court Tuesday, March 21.

Nudson was charged with first-degree murder and nine other felony counts by a grand jury on Thursday after a shooting incident at his home March 12 that resulted in the death of Justin Allen Meireis, 19, of Nikiski, and the injury of three others.

Robbie Huntley Meireis, 21, Gary Waddington, 15, and Rick Sanchez, 32, all of Nikiski, were injured in the incident. Harry "Freddy" Trenton, 34, also of Nikiski, was involved but uninjured.

In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Nudson also was charged with the following:

n One count second-degree murder;

n Four counts first-degree attempted murder;

n Three counts first-degree assault; and

n One count third-degree assault.

In proceedings that lasted less than a half hour, Superior Court Judge Jonathan Link scheduled a combined omnibus and trial call hearing for May 4 at 1:30 p.m. and a jury trial to commence May 8. Link also assigned the case to himself.

"Look at everyone," defense attorney Peter Gamache told his client, as Nudson was led from the courtroom.

Nudson turned toward the courtroom filled with supporters wearing "Zeb" ribbons.

He smiled briefly before being led from the room.

Nudson remains in Wildwood Pretrial with bail set at $250,000 cash and a court-approved, third-person custodian.

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