Nikiski murder suspect facing additional charges

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2000

A Nikiski man awaiting trial on charges including first- and second-degree murder was the focus of a grand jury again last week.

On Friday, Zebulon 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.

These counts add to the grand jury's March 17 actions charging Nudson with:

n One count first-degree murder;

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.

They are associated with a March 12 incident resulting in the death of Justin Meireis, 19. Injured in the same incident were Robbie Meireis, 21, Rick Sanchez, 32, and Gary Waddington, 15.

Regarding the new charge of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, the indictment said that on or about March 12, at or near Nikiski, Nudson "did knowingly manufacture or deliver a Schedule IIA controlled substance, or possesses any amount of a Schedule IIA controlled substance with the intent to manufacture or deliver." Schedule IIA refers to substances such as LSD, mescaline, peyote, cocaine and amphetamines. This offense is a class "B" felony and is punishable by a $50,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison.

With regard to the fifth-degree charge of misconduct involving a controlled substance, the indictment states Nudson "knowingly manufactured, delivered, or possessed with intent to manufacture or deliver one or more preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances of an aggregate weight of less than one-half ounce, containing a schedule VIA controlled substance, to-wit: marijuana for remuneration."

This is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Nudson currently is incarcerated at Wildwood Pretrial. A jury trial in this case is scheduled to begin Aug. 14.

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