Jeffrey Nixon Found Guilty of Accountability for Homicide

By Beacon Staff

A jury found Kalispell resident Jeffrey Nixon guilty of accountability for deliberate homicide, robbery, evidence tampering and theft in connection with the death of 49-year-old Wesley Collins.

Nixon, 19, stood silently as the verdict was read in Flathead County District Court Friday at about 4:30 p.m.

During his five-day trial, prosecutors said Nixon acted as a lookout and helped clean up after Robert Lake beat Collins to death with hammers on April 12, 2010.

Nixon admitted to helping clean up the mess and dispose of Collins’ body in the woods outside of Kalispell, near Patrick Creek. But he said he only did that because he was afraid of Lake.

Jurors found Nixon not guilty of deliberate homicide. They also found him not guilty of using a weapon in connection with his accountability to homicide charge.

Nixon gave a slight nod of acknowledgment as District Judge Stewart Stadler informed him that his sentencing date is scheduled for Aug. 25. Nixon was then remanded to the custody of the sheriff.

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