BLACKFOOT — A date for a jury trial has been set in the Blackfoot "hazing" case. A jury trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in the courtroom of Seventh Judicial District Judge David Nye. The date for pre-trial is set for Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
Plaintiffs Logan Chidester, Nathan Walker and Tyson Katseanes filed this lawsuit on Nov. 30, 2012. The lawsuit was filed against Blackfoot School District 55, the County of Bingham, the City of Blackfoot, Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Andrew, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Randy Smith, Blackfoot Police detective Paul Newbold, Blackfoot Police Captain Kurt Asmus, Blackfoot Police Chief David Moore and agents, officers and employees of the above entities.
In the lawsuit, the three plaintiffs assert 16 causes of action that include malicious persecution, making false public statements, concealment of evidence, fabrication of false evidence, conspiracy, witness intimidation and 10 more.
In the early part of 2011, this "hazing" case gained national attention. The original case was filed In December 2010 against Chidester, Walker and Katseanses. They were initially charged with forceable penetration with a foreign object, a felony. The felony charges were later dismissed.
Chidester and Walker's sentence were modified to a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace. Katseanes was sentenced for a misdemeanor charge of aiding and abetting.