By JAMES BELL
WAKEENEY — After a day of testimony from the defense, closing arguments and jury instructions, the jury took a little more than five hours to find Scott Bollig not guilty of first-degree murder trial, battery or adulterating food that led to the January 2014 death of his unborn baby with Naomi Abbott.
They did, however, find Bollig culpable for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit domestic battery.
Those charges were filed after the Kansas Bureau of Investigation reported finding text messages between Bollig and a former girlfriend, Angel Abbot, discussing details on how to terminate the pregnancy without Namoi Abbott knowing. Those two charges are felonies in their own right and, under Kansas sentencing guidelines, Bollig would likely be sentenced to at least some time in jail for those offenses.
However, Bollig’s attorney Dan Walter, made a motion of acquittal immediately following the verdict, arguing that having both charges stem from one crime would equate to double jeopardy and so should be vacated.
Both the prosecution and the defense cited case law to make the argument, but District Judge Glenn Braun gave both side 10 days to two weeks to file written briefs for their arguments.
Following the verdict, Bollig’s bond was revoked and he is current in the custody of the Trego County Sheriff’s office awaiting sentencing.