Zapata Trial Delayed Until October 5th

A jury trial has been delayed for what some might consider to be a very ironic reason. Charges were filed in June for a fight in Downtown Redding that injured Nathan Pinkney, an opponent of the Shasta County Supervisor Recall Campaign, which was prompted by three of the Supervisors’ alleged support of the Governor’s Covid restrictions. Carlos Zapata of the “Red, White and Blueprint” group, along with two friends, are accused of roughing up Pinkney in the alley behind his workplace. The DA’s Office eventually filed misdemeanor charges of battery and disturbing the peace by fighting against Zapata and his companions, Christopher Meagher and Elizabeth Bailey. The Shasta County Superior Court announced Thursday that the trial has been continued to October 5th to “Allow for persons involved in the trial to complete mandatory isolation/quarantine periods pursuant to public health guidelines”. A gag order is in effect prohibiting those involved from discussing the case.