Zoellner files claim against city of Arcata

ARCATA – After he was arrested for the murder of David Josiah Lawson, Kyle Zoellner has now filed a claim against the city of Arcata. He has claimed lost wages, medical bills, loss of personal property, defamation, pain and suffering, and emotional distress caused by the city of Arcata.

He names many city officials who he says contributed, including City Manager Karen Diemer and Mayor Susan Ornelas. He says in his claim Arcata police arrested him without probable cause and that he did not receive medical attention for his injuries before interrogation.

At Thursday night’s student safety and David Josiah Lawson investigation meeting, APD Police Chief Tom Chapman, said the forensics are back from the lab and that private investigator Tom Parker will have a finalized review of the case coming within the next 2-3 weeks. The investigation has been forwarded to District Attorney, Maggie Fleming, for review.

David Josiah Lawson’s mother, Charmaine Lawson, was at the meeting and stated her frustration with the DA for not making more arrests after reviewing the case.

The city of Arcata is expected to reject Zoellner’s claim at their council meeting next Wednesday.