Closing arguments next as trial over Nikiski shooting incident nears end

Nudson jury sees scene of crime

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2001

It could be anybody's Alaska dream cabin. Made of logs, surrounded by spruce and birch trees, not too many neighbors. The deep puddles in the gravel road running past it help maintain its isolation. A U.S. flag waves lazily from the top of a pole on the right side of the cabin.

But the dream turned into a nightmare on March 12, 2000, when five men came to Zeb Nudson's Nikiski home looking for revenge. The shots Nudson , 23, fired in the brief few minutes that followed took the life of Justin Meireis, 19, and wounded Robbie Meireis, 22, Rick Sanchez, 33, and Gary Waddington, 16. Harry Trenton, 35, was uninjured.

As a result, Nudson has been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and other charges relating to the incident.

On Tuesday, members of the jury in the Nudson murder trial had an opportunity to visit the log cabin. Led by Kenai Superior Court Judge Jonathan Link, they walked around the perimeter of the residence, noted the outbuildings, viewed the cabin from the end of the driveway and familiarized themselves with the interior of the home.

Returning to the courtroom, Link excused the jury for the remainder of the day after announcing that closing arguments would be presented on Wednesday.

"You've heard all the evidence and are on final approach," Link told the jury.

The trial resumes at 8:30 a.m. today.

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