Attorney Gregger Highberg won a not-guilty verdict this week in Clark County District Court for a client charged with assaulting his grandmother.
Based on the 911 call alone, the evidence seemed to favor the prosecution. Both the grandmother and her daughter (the client’s mother) sounded scared during the 911 call, which was played twice during the Nov. 15 trial. The grandmother says her grandson won’t leave, and “I want him arrested, he’s in here badgering me, abusing me, and everything else to me, and I want him outta my house, I want him arrested.” Her daughter gets on the phone with the emergency dispatcher, says her mother needs to go to the hospital and can be heard saying, “Don’t touch her, don’t touch her!”
Responding deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office noted in reports that our client appeared intoxicated and they could smell alcohol emanating from him. They also noted, however, that the grandmother didn’t have any visible injuries.
Attorney Neil Anderson won an acquittal this week in Clark County Superior Court, sparing his client from a mandatory prison sentence that would have been handed down had he been convicted of unlawful imprisonment, a felony.
While the 12-person jury found Anderson’s client not guilty of the felony charge, it was unable to reach an verdict on a charge of misdemeanor assault.
A deputy prosecutor told Superior Court Judge Bernard Veljacic after the verdicts was read and the jurors had left the courtroom that she’ll likely be asking for a new trial on the assault charge.
Ten of the 12 jurors stayed behind to speak to Anderson and the deputy prosecutor. They said the vote on the assault charge was 11 to 1 in favor of “not guilty.”