Man suspected in kidnapping and battery cases may enter a plea

Posted 2 years ago

By Fred Gough

One of three men suspected in the kidnapping and beating of a Nickerson man may enter a plea in that case, and one other next month. Judge Joe McCarville set a hearing for June 5 for 28-year-old Jedrik Smith.

He’s charged with aggravated kidnapping, conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, aggravated intimidation of victim or witness, criminal threat, possession of methamphetamine, criminal use of a weapon.

He along with 26-year-old Jeremia Palmer, and 29-year-old Zachary Lawson are alleged to have kidnapped and beat of 28-year-old Larry McVey, this occurring back on September 11, 2011.

Smith also has another case pending where he’s charged with aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer and theft of motor fuel going back to July 7, 2011.

It started around 4:45 a-m, when officers were dispatched to the Kwik Shop at 43rd and Plum regarding the theft of gas.

They spotted the vehicle traveling north on Plum and an officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 500 block of Idlewild. Smith was allegedly in possession of a firearm which prompted the officers to draw his weapon and issue verbal commands to him. He apparently ignored the verbal commands and began to drive away. Another officer providing assistance became entangled in the driver’s side door jam as the Smith drove away. As a result, the assisting officer was dragged a short distance causing injuries to his arm, leg and head. The original officer fired their weapon at the suspects car. Smith was not injured and continued to flee.

Smith eventually wrecked his vehicle in a ditch and fled on foot. He was apprehended a short time later in the area northwest of 38th and Severance.

He at one time had been sent to Larned for a mental evaluation and was found to be competent to stand trial.