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Sickness in jury delays Nudson trial for a day

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2001

Illness sidelined the jury trial of Zebulon Nudson, 23, of Nikiski, on Wednesday, after one juror called in sick.

The 14 jurors -- two of whom are alternates -- will ultimately decide the fate of Nudson, who faces charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, and first- and third-degree assault stemming from a March 12, 2000, shooting incident.

According to opening statements by both John Wolfe, of the district attorney's office, and defense attorney James McComas, Justin Meireis, Robbie Meireis, Rick Sanchez, Gary Waddington and Harry Trenton went to Nudson's Bastien Road home seeking revenge for beatings incurred by Justin Meireis and Rick Sanchez the previous evening.

Testifying on Tuesday, Rick Sanchez said that after the Meireis brothers broke the window of Nudson's front door, Nudson started shooting. Justin Meireis died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head. Robbie Meireis, Waddington and Sanchez also were injured.

After Superior Court Judge Jonathan Link informed Wolfe and McComas of the juror's illness, the decision was made to excuse the jury for the day.

The trial is scheduled to resume today at 8:30 a.m.



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