Columbia man accused of brutal assault has jury trial set for next month

Ben Nielsen

His alleged accomplices are Kyle Johnson, Emory Montie, and Alexander Nolan.

A jury trial is scheduled for a Columbia man accused of taking part in a brutal assault in downtown Columbia last summer.

A Boone County judge decided, earlier today, that Benjamin Nielson, 23, will head to trial August 4. 

Nielson is charged with first-degree assault for an incident in the early morning hours of June 30, 2019.  He and three friends allegedly robbed and assaulted two people as they were walking down Seventh Street.  One of the victims was beat so severely, they were unconscious when police arrived.

Nielson’s accomplices all have court appearances later this month.