In 2013, Kyle Zoellner was arrested for possession of meth where he pled no contest.
He received three years probation and was promised if he was to successfully complete his probation, the meth charges would be expunged from his record.
23-year old Zoellner is accused of stabbing 19-year old David Josiah Lawson to death at an off campus party Easter weekend.
Witnesses at the party say that Lawson was approached and being accused of stealing a phone by “two white girls” and Zoellner.
At some point Lawson was pepper-sprayed prior to being stabbed.
JohnChiv.blogspot is operated by a man who lives in the area who covers all of the court cases coming out of Eureka Jail.
In a post about Zoellner’s arraignment, John Chiv listed the prior offenses of Zoellner which included him pleading no contest to meth possession.
Family and friends are releasing statements of Zoellner’s innocence, relying heavily on police misconduct and their failure to secure the crime scene.
Zoellner’s family and friends are currently trying to paint the picture that “the murderer is still out in the community.”
Zoellner was arrested at the scene and he admitted to police that he was involved in a physical fight with Lawson, which are recorded in the probable cause reports.
Following Lawson’s death, we gained much insight into who he was as a person from his family and friends. Little to nothing was known about Zoellner other than the information on his Facebook page, which was quickly taken down.
When I saw Zoellner’s sister-in-law speak on camera to our local news, it made me wonder where Zoellner’s blood family members were, such as his mother, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles to speak on behalf of Zoellner as they would know him best.
While researching the name Kyle Zoellner online, people that he was related to popped up.
The police had reports of drug activity at this trailer and went there to conduct a probation search.
“A search of the trailer resulted in the seizure of approximately 16.1 grams of heroin, approximately 2 pounds of marijuana bud, approximately 2 pounds of marijuana trim, digital scales, packaging materials, and drug paraphernalia.”
The woman pictured above, is Zoellner’s mother and was the same woman who showed up in support of him at court.
The grandfather of Wissel’s obituary is online due to him being a neurosurgeon near the Los Angeles area.
Zoellner’s grandmother works as a nurse for the Humboldt County Department of Health and his father works for the county of Humboldt as a planning technician.
These are the images of white America that America too often hides–while broadcasting the white, wouldn’t hurt a fly, working-class professionals as the poster child for America as if there is only one experience of whiteness.
Small towns are so similar to the inner city in regards to the crime and drug-use that it breeds due to the lack of economic opportunity and isolation.
The week prior to Lawson being stabbed, Zoellner hit another Black male over the head with a bottle which is information provided by the police themselves.
Lawson’s mother is visible to the public, speaking on behalf of her slain son. Zoellner’s family, especially his mother, should be forced to do the same.
Zoellner’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, May 1st at 9:45 a.m.
The preliminary hearing is the day of Lawsons funeral.