The trial in one of a number of cases against a former Nickerson man ended with a jury finding him not guilty. The trial for 29-year-old Zachary Lawson lasted less then a half day trial.
Lawson was originally charged with two counts of felony flee and elude, but the trial was for only one count in a case goes back to September 23, 2011. He allegedly led officers on a chase twice on the same day. The state called only one witness, the Nickerson officer, so the case went quickly.
But this case is the least of his worries. He has other more serious cases still pending.
Lawson is one of three men charged in a case from last year involving the alleged kidnapping and beating of a Nickerson man. He’s charged with aggravated kidnapping, conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, aggravated intimidation of a witness, criminal threat, possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, anabolic steroids and criminal use of weapon. He along with 26-year-old Jeremia Palmer, and 28-year-old Jedrik Smith were accused in this case. Smith was convicted in this case and another and was sentenced to nearly 16-years in prison.
Lawson also faces charges of possession of stolen property, possession of marijuana, and defacing a vehicle serial number. That case from February 21st, of this year. The second case was from August 25, 2011, where he’s charged with possession of stolen property, for allegedly having a Mustang Skid Steer, taken from Nisley Construction. Both cases were continued Monday.
Another case concerns the criminal threat allegedly made against Jeremia Palmer. He allegedly threatened him with physical violence back on October 29, 2011.
They did have a recent bench trial for a misdemeanor domestic battery case and Lawson was found guilty, and the judge ordered a 6-month sentence, however, he’ll get credit for time already served in jail.