Nix Found Guilty of Second Degree Murder- Sentenced to 45 YearsFebruary 18th, 2012 by Joe Burgess
It took the jury only 1 hour to return at noon with a guilty verdict.
After an hour lunch break, the sentencing phase began at 1 pm, and continued until 2 pm.
It took the jury less than 15 minutes to agree to sentence Nix to the maximum 30 year sentence. The jury also enforced the enhancement sentence which adds n additional 15 years to the sentence for using a handgun in the crime of second degree murder.
Nix will now serve a total of 45 years in ADC, with a best–possible reduction down to 1/4 for good behavior, for a minimum sentence of 11.25 years, minus the “just under 1 year” credit for time served waiting on his 3 trials to take place.
Nix Trial Begins 2nd Day
Feb. 17, 2012
Circuit Court Judge Don Glover is on the bench for this case, as it is being heard in Drew County Circuit Court for a third time, in less than a year.
Nix is charged with second degree murder, this time, after being found not guilty, in August of first degree murder, and having a hung jury on the second degree charge. If found guilty, he could received a sentence ranging from 6 – 30 years in prison.
Jury selection began Thursday morning, with a jury being selected by noon. Opening arguments began at 1 pm, followed by prosecution witnesses, including State Police special agent Clayton Moss, who detailed the shooting scene, as it was when police arrived and recovered a 22 caliber handgun.
The trial will continue Friday morning, at 9 am, and should conclude Friday afternoon.
Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen told MonticelloLive, earlier, “I’ve never prosecuted the same case three times before.”
The ongoing history of the case is posted below.
2nd Hung Jury (within 6 weeks) to Lead to Yet Another Nix Trial for Murder of Katlin Lidge
August 4, 2011
Tuesday and Wednesday, a Drew County jury heard testimony pertaining to the charge of first degree murder against Nicholas Nix, for the shooting death of Katlin Lidge.
In June, a 10-2 hung jury lead to a mistrial in the case; and the new jury’s verdict on Wednesday afternoon should lead to the 3rd trial this year in the case.
Sources told MonticelloLve that the participants, testimony, and direction of this week’s trial went basically in the same direction as June’s trial.
This weeks jury wound Nix not-guilty of 1st degree murder, and was hung with a 7-5 spit decision on the charge of 2nd degree murder.
June 29, 2011
10-2 Hung Jury Leads to Mistrial in Nix Trial for Murder of Katlin Lidge
At 12:45, Wednesday afternoon, the Drew County jury told Judge Bynum Gibson that they were “hung” with a 10-2 vote on the 1st degree, 2nd degree murder charges facing Nicholas Nix, for the March shooting death of Katlin Lidge.
The judge read to them a “dynamite instruction” pep talk, designed to motivate them to “harmonize their individual views”, without “surrendering their beliefs”.
The jury returned to further deliberate, just before 1 pm.
At 1:15, the jury returned to the courtroom, telling Judge Gibson that they were deadlocked, (with 10 jurors in favor of guilty of 1st degree murder, and 2 jurors voting guilty of 2nd degree murder) and wouldn’t be able to reach a unanimous verdict.
A mistrial was declared, and the trial set for August 2nd and 3rd, with a jury from a different jury panel.
The jury was selected Tuesday morning in the 1st degree murder trial of Nicholas Nix, for the death of Katlin Lidge.
Opening arguments began at 10:45, with testimony beginning around 11 am.
The state, represented by Chad Green, is seeking a guilty verdict, and sentence of 10 years to life, in the case.
The state claims that Nix went to his sister’s apartment carrying a 22 revolver, prior to the altercation with Katlin Lidge; and had text messaged his girlfriend, earlier that day, that he “might have to kill Katlin” that night.
The defense claims that Nix carried the gun to his sister’s apartment, because he was planning to babysit there, and knew of previous violence in the area.
Nix’s girlfriend testified that Nix asked her to drive him to Little Rock, when he arrived at her apt., asking for help after he “shot someone.” Kierra Veazey agreed to accept a reduced sentence of probation for her charge of hindering Nix’s apprehension.
Arkansas State Police investigator Clayton Moss took the stand next, testifying about the scene, the blood spatter, the recovered weapon, bullet holes, and other details of the investigation, before the court took it’s noon recess.
During the afternoon, the defense presented it’s case, with testimony from Nix, his sister Delisa Reyes, and a local dentist.
Nix claims that Lidge attacked him, knocking a tooth out. The dentist was called to testify that Nix did have a dental injury. Investigator Moss was then recalled to the stand to testify that when he went to pick up Nix in Utah, that Nix didn’t have a tooth knocked out.
~~~~~ Wednesday ~~~~~~
Closing arguements began Wednesday morning, with the prosecution reminding jurors of Tuesday’s testimony of Nix’s sister’s roommate’s statement, quoting Nix, “I’ll do something bad to him. I’ve got a gun.” They also pointed out conflicting witness testimony as to whether Nix was laying on the bed or walking around, at the time the fight began. They emphasized that Nix had “brought a gun to a fist fight.”
The defense used their closing argument to define “reasonable doubt” and emphasize that Nix was being “viciously beaten and choked” by Lidge; and that Nix ran from the scene to get away from Lidge, not from the police.
The prosecution got the last word with the jury, and used it to emphasize that the shot that killed Katlin Lidge was shot from the side, as demonstrated by the fact that it went through his lung and into his heart.
Jury deliberation began shortly after 10 o’clock.
Kierra Veasey, age 21, of Monticello, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with hindering apprehension (a class B felony), relating to the arrest of Nicholas Jamal Nix. She has been released on citation from jail.
Veazey is the alleged girlfriend of Nix, who is charged with first degree murder for the shooting death of Katlin Lidge.
In Drew County Circuit Court, Monday, Judge Bynum Gibson entered a “not guilty” plea on behalf of Nicholas Jamal Nix, age 19, on the charge of first-degree murder (class Y felony), the shooting in death of Katlin Lidge.
Attorney Steve Porch had been appointed to serve as Nix’s lawyer, but Porch told Judge Gibson that Nix has declined to communicate with him, thereby making Porch unable to file any motions on Nix’s behalf.
Nix’s mother told the court that she is hiring another attorney, but they were unavailable to attend Monday’s hearing. When asked, she told the court that the new attorney has not received payment yet. (Most attorneys require payment before any services are rendered.)
Since Nix at this time does not have legal counsel, due to his refusal to work with Porch, Judge Gibson then entered a plea of “not guilty” on his behalf. Porch was been instructed to remain as Nix’s counsel, until a new attorney is actually hired.
The case’s next court date will be an omnibus hearing on May 16, which will also be the last day for any plea negotiations.
Discovery and police investigation files were discussed before the hearing came to a close.
A trial date for the week of June 28 has been set.
$500,000 Bond Set for Murder Suspect
Posted March 16, 2011
Nicholas Jamal Nix, charged by police with first degree murder for the death of Katlin Lidge, surrendered to law enforcement authorities in Salt Lake City, Utah, last week.
Nix waived extradition in a Utah court Tuesday, and was escorted back to Monticello by law enforcement officers.
Upon arriving in Monticello, Nix appeared before District Judge Ken Harper, who set Nix’s commercial bond at $500,000.
Murder Suspect Nix Surrenders to Police in Utah
Mar 11, 2011
According to reports, at approximately 12:15 pm today, Nicholas Jamal Nix surrendered to law enforcement authorities in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Extradition proceeding based on the 1st degree murder warrant for Nix will be coordinated through the Drew County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Nix is wanted for the murder of Katlin Lidge, Saturday night.