Feds drop remaining charges against Neilson

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – FBI agent Hal Neilson’s Christmas is blue no more.
Wednesday, federal prosecutor Richard Bourgeois dismissed three remaining counts against Neilson, who was found not guilty of two others Nov. 20 after a two-week trial.
Bourgeois said a re-examination of the case, in preparation for a retrial, showed the U.S. “that it now cannot meet its burden of proof of beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Neilson, 49, of Oxford was indicted Jan. 13 on five counts that he lied about his financial interests in the Oxford FBI building at 2106 University Ave., where he worked.
He’s been on suspension almost ever since, but he’s due to retire Dec. 31 with 20-plus years of service.
His trial jury foreman was pleased with the news.
“I am so happy to hear that,” said Don Lambert of Booneville.
Lambert was foreman for the jury that acquitted Neilson but hung up on the other counts. He declined to say what the vote was on those pending counts, but reliable sources tell the Daily Journal it was 10-2 for not guilty.
“Personally, I did not see enough evidence to convict him,” said Lambert, a resource officer for the Booneville schools.
He said Neilson’s testimony at trial was a pivotal part of the decision for him.
“I believed him, and I didn’t believe others’ testimony,” Lambert noted.
Christi R. McCoy of Oxford, Neilson’s lead defense attorney, said she was “overwhelmed” by the news of the dismissal.
“I can’t fathom a better Christmas gift – not just for Hal and his family,” she said, “but for the justice system as a whole.
“This is a step in the right direction to ‘right the wrongs’ committed against Hal.”
Her co-counsel, Ronald Michael of Booneville, said that despite their happiness with the Nov. 20 verdict, the three counts – which were set for trial Jan. 18 – “were hanging over the joy.”
Neilson’s friend, Geoffrey Yoste of Oxford, sat in the Aberdeen courtroom for several days with other friends to support the Neilsons.
“I am elated by the news,” he said Wednesday from Washington, D.C. “The people who know Hal never once believed that he ever did anything criminal.”
Neilson, his wife and a dozen friends wept for joy when the jury decision was announced.
“When I told Hal they were seeking to dismiss the charges,” Michael said, “he said he just felt like crying all over again.”
Michael said that Neilson is reluctant to comment publicly since he still is an FBI employee, but that may change after he retires.
During the course of the trial, juror Ellen Brumley of Columbus declined to be excused for a trip to visit her grandchildren in Colorado.
“I just felt like I needed to fight for him,” she said Wednesday. “I wouldn’t want anybody thinking my life wasn’t worth any more than a vacation.”
“I’m just so happy it’s ended this way.”

Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.

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  • Ronald Michael was disbarred recently. Christi McCoy is connected to Michael and had me meet there several times to sign contracts for movie deal in Hollywood. I fired both Neilson and McCoy for Betrayal, lies, slander, and McCoy contacting my ex wife behind my back then claiming she accidentally deleted them while sending me “Paraphrased” stories of what she and my ex discussed in emails but her new versions were NOWHERE near the reality of the emails as I would later discovery at a hotel while spending time with my son who had just been given his mothers old cell phone which left emails open and not password protected. Christi immediately text my ex wife’s phone when I posted a message online that I just found the mystery emails which also proved Christi McCoy was stalking my every move on and offline. My complaints lie strongly against McCoy. Neilson treated me like a human being for 3 years but let me know early on, If I fired McCoy, his loyalty was with her and he left too So, in the end, they both were terminated. Christi filed for my Fed Tort lawsuit to be Dismissed behind my back “after” I paid $400 filing fee. She violated myself and a potential witness on every level as well as made threats to instill fear into us. She is an online attorney terrorist that has destroyed people’s lives and will be made accountable. I am KC and I approve this message https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a690431ed1b29e38e232ab4982a3ad62096a5fedf3f753d58c1af396449f6769.jpg