Two men charged for fight over property



An Idaho Falls man was arrested in September after reportedly beating a man with a baseball bat. 

Cody Nelson, 30, was arrested after he interrupted a fight at his neighbor’s house over a family that refused to leave the property.

Nelson’s neighbor, Rick Williams, had allowed a group of four to stay in an RV and a van on his property. Williams asked the group to leave and find another place to live. Williams had been staying at Nelson’s home while the group occupied his driveway, according to a case report by Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brad Troyer.

The argument escalated and a fight broke between Williams and Jeramie Seward, who was staying in the RV. The two disagreed on who threw the first punch. Williams said Seward hit him in the side of the head; Seward said it was in self defense.

Nelson, his wife and his mother responded to his neighbor’s house after hearing Williams call for help. Nelson had a BB pistol and a baseball bat with him. Seward said he inadvertently hit Nelson’s mother in the face, breaking her glasses. Nelson responded by hitting Seward twice in the head with the bat.

Nelson then said he would begin shooting people if the fighting did not stop. Witnesses said Nelson did not threaten a specific person or point the BB gun at anyone.

Police and paramedics were called to treat Williams and Seward. Seward was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Nelson was charged with aggravated battery, a felony punishable with up to 15 years in prison. Seward was charged with misdemeanor battery, punishable with up to a year in jail.

Nelson’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Seward’s case on Dec. 19.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.