Saturday, June 17, 2017

Law professor analyzes Arcata stabbing developments; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode sponsored by Adventure’s Edge, Eel River Brewing and Bongo Boy Studio.
 In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (9:44): A law professor recently analyzed potential charging developments in the tragic stabbing death of 19 year old HSU student David Josiah Lawson. North Coast Journal Editor Thadeus Greenson had the story.

Lawson lost his life at a house party in Arcata on April 15. With an estimated 100 party attendees there were reportedly a number of altercations that occurred that night possibly over a missing cell phone.

The family of 23 year old McKinleyville resident Kyle Zoellner, the former murder suspect who saw charges dropped due to a lack of evidence, has been pushing for assault charges against other party attendees. They believe Zoellner was beaten unconscious by a number of young men before Lawson was stabbed.

“He explained that none of these things can really be seen in a vacuum,” said Greeson who interviewed California Hastings College of Law professor David Levine about the impacts additional assault charges may have on obtaining justice for Josiah. “Any decision that prosecutors or police make regarding other lesser offenses -- assault charges and stuff like that -- related to people that were there that night, could impact ultimately their ability to successfully charge prosecute whoever actually killed Josiah Lawson...”

In the podcast Greenson discusses Levine’s comments on the the two main approaches the Arcata Police Department and District Attorney’s Office could take. He also discusses the Zoellner family’s response to his article and a misconception some had earlier about the case.

A lot is still unknown. Those involved so far have not been able to agree on whether or not racism played a role in Lawson’s death. They also can’t agree on how these fights started, when and why mace was used, the words that were exchanged, whether or not someone was using the N-word, whether or not Kyle had a knife, and whether or not Zoellner was even conscious at the time of the stabbing.

The story begins at 9:44.

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