Meyer wins another assault trial
Attorney Zeed Meyer won another domestic violence assault trial, this one involving a father accused of punching his adult son.
Jurors deliberated for one hour before unanimously finding Meyer’s client not guilty of fourth-degree assault, a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.
During the Aug. 8 trial in Clark County District Court, Meyer’s client, the alleged victim and the alleged victim’s husband each gave jurors a different version of what happened on Sept. 30, 2018. Meyer’s client had been staying with his son and son-in-law.
The alleged victim testified his husband had been drinking and playing loud music and that upset his father, who assaulted him when he returned from work.
The client’s son-in-law, however, testified he hadn’t been drinking or playing music, and his father-in-law shoved him for no reason and that started a fight during which his father-in-law punched his husband several times.
Meyer’s client testified his son and his son-in-law were physically fighting, and he stepped in to break it up. He said his son fell and hit his head, causing visible injuries that were noted by officers from the Vancouver Police Department who responded to the 911 call.
During closing arguments, Meyer emphasized to jurors that each of the three people who were there told vastly different stories of what happened. That meant the state couldn’t meet the burden of proving its case beyond a reasonable doubt, he said.