Notable Cases

High Profile Cases

State of Washington v. Jarred Ha (2016): Jarred Ha was a 22-year old economics student at the University of Washington when, after an altercation at an off-campus party, he was chased down by a 240 lb. body builder who began to beat him mercilessly. In desperation, Jarred pulled out a knife and used it to stop by the assault. In the process, Jarred inflicted serious wounds on his assailant. Because he used a knife to defend himself Jarred was charged with Assault in the First Degree and faced a prison sentence of 10-12 years. He was also summarily suspended from the University of Washington due to the incident.

Along with co-counsel, Michelle Scudder (, I successfully defended Jarred during a two-week trial after which a jury found him not guilty of all charges and entered a special verdict finding that he acted lawfully in defending himself. As a result of the special verdict the judge ordered the State to reimburse Jarred for all of his attorney’s fees and the University of Washington dropped the suspension allowing him to return to school. (See Jarred’s AVVO Review Here)

See links to the News Coverage:
WATCH THE VIDEO: UW Student Acquitted of First Degree Assault, State Must Pay Legal Fees
UW Student Cleared by Jury (Seattle Times)
Judge Orders State to Reimburse Defendant (Seattle Times)
UW Student Cleared and Ordered to be Reimbursed by State (Q13 News)
UW Student Acquitted of Assault (Kiro 7)

State v. L.G. (2015): In 2014 L.G. was accused by his then-stepdaughter of sexually abusing her over the course of several years. The allegations cost L.G. his marriage, his employment, and most of his personal possessions. Eventually he was charged by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office with eight counts of child molestation and rape of a child. Facing the very real possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison but knowing he had not done what he was accused of, L.G. set his case for trial.

Along with co-counsel, Michelle Scudder (, I successfully defended L.G. against the false allegations. After a three week trial the jury found him not guilty of all eight counts and L.G. was finally free to pick up the pieces of his life. He has now moved out of the state and regained employment. (See L.G.’s AVVO Review Here)

State v. John Pomeroy and Rebecca Long (Criminal Mistreatment): In August of 2008 an emaciated fourteen-year-old girl was discovered locked away in her parent’s home in Carnation, WA. Once the girl had been safely removed from the home authorities learned that the child’s father and stepmother had been restricting her food and water for the last 3-4 years leaving her severely malnourished and underdeveloped. I handled the prosecution of these two parents who were eventually sentenced to the maximum sentence possible.

Read the Seattle PI Article About the Pomeroy Case

Read and View the King 5 News Story

State v. Earnest Collins: In the early morning hours of July 10, 2008, taxi driver Jagjit Singh was killed by Mr. Collins after responding to his call for a cab. Almost immediately after Mr. Singh arrived, Mr. Collins climbed into the back of his cab, shot Mr. Singh twice in the head, and then set Mr. Singh on fire after taking whatever money he could find.

Along with another prosecutor and some very dedicated King County Sheriff’s Office detectives, I prosecuted Mr. Collins for the aggravated first degree murder of Mr. Singh. The case was pieced together using every type of forensic expert imaginable including fire investigators, medical examiners, DNA experts, and forensic computer/video experts from the FBI Crime Lab in Quantico, VA. Mr. Collins was ultimately found guilty of Aggravated First Degree Murder and sentenced to spend the remainder of his life in prison.

Read the Seattle PI Story About the Case

Read and Watch the KOMO 4 News Story About the Case

State v. Brian and Hollie Beston: In October 2009 detectives in San Diego, California contacted Seattle Police Department's ICAC Unit to notify them that a California sex offender had reported an ongoing online relationship with a Washington couple, Brian and Hollie Beston, during which the couple had sent him sexually explicit photos of them sexually abusing their four-year-old daughter. The man further reported viewing a live act of sexual abuse of the little girl by her father via webcam. I worked with the ICAC Unit to develop probable cause and obtain a search warrant to search the Beston’s home and computer. As a result, significant evidence of child rape and sexual abuse was obtained and the Beston’s were charged, and ultimately pleaded guilty to, multiple counts of child sexual abuse.

Read the Seattle PI Article About the Beston Case

About Wagnild Law

Zach Wagnild, Attorney

After spending the first 12 years of my legal career as a prosecutor, I opened my own practice in order to provide outstanding support and legal advocacy to those who are facing criminal charges. I purposefully keep a low caseload so that I can give each case my personal attention and so I have sufficient time to meet with my clients, discuss their options, and approach their case in the manner that is the most beneficial to them and their needs.

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