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Chronology of events leading up to trial

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2001

March 11, 2000 -- Zeb Nudson hosted a wake for his friend, Preston Lee. Justin Meireis and Rick Sanchez came uninvited, fights broke out, and the young men were kicked out of the party. As they left, Justin Meireis threatened Nudson.

March 12, 2000 -- Justin Meireis, Robbie Meireis, Rick Sanchez, Gary Waddington and Harry Trenton drove to Zeb Nudson's home in the middle of the day with a pistol. Nudson awoke to the sound of breaking glass at his front door. He went to the door with a rifle and fired . As they jumped in their car and fled, he continued shooting.

Waddington drove the group to the Nikiski Fire Station, where medics treated four of the men for gunshot wounds and notified troopers about 1:50 p.m. Justin Meireis was pronounced dead at Central Peninsula General Hospital about 4:15 p.m. Robbie Meireis and Waddington were hospitalized.

Troopers arrested Nudson, who surrendered without incident, and charged him with second-degree murder.

March 13, 2000 -- Nudson was arraigned on one count of second-degree murder, three counts of first-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault.

March 17, 2000 -- A grand jury indicted Nudson on 10 felony counts, including first-degree murder.

March 21, 2000 -- At arraignment in Kenai Superior Court, Nudson pleaded "not guilty" to all counts.

May 12, 2000 -- Nudson was indicted on one count of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and one count of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

July 20, 2000 -- Nudson was released on bail after 131 days in custody.

Jan. 5, 2001 -- A hearing discussed admissibility of evidence and the troopers' procedures when they took Nudson into custody.

March 21, 2001 -- Jury selection was completed.

March 22, 2001 -- The trial's start was delayed because of security concerns. A metal detector was installed.

March 23, 2001 -- Opening statements began in the trial, which would last for three weeks.



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