KALISPELL — Ryan Lamb withdrew a not guilty plea of deliberate homicide on Wednesday in the death of his partner Ryan Nixon in August of 2018.
Court documents show Lamb entered a plea of guilt by way of Alford Plea to negligent homicide. Sentencing is set for February 12.
Police in Kalispell say Lamb stabbed his boyfriend Ryan Nixon with a pair of scissors during a sexual encounter.
Lamb originally pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of deliberate homicide.
Back in June, a jury trial ended in a mistrial.
(JUNE 17, 2019) A jury trial for a Kalispell man charged with deliberate homicide in the death of his boyfriend ended in a mistrial last week.
Ryan Cody Lamb was charged and plead not guilty to one count of deliberate homicide for the death of his partner Ryan Nixon, 31, that occurred at their Kalispell residence.
According to court documents, on August 5, 2018, Kalispell Police Department responded to a residence in Flathead County on Two Mile Drive after receiving a report of a possibly dead man.
Officers found Ryan Nixon deceased. Ryan Cody Lamb admitted to stabbing Nixon with scissors during a sexual encounter, killing him.
Later that month, Lamb was arraigned in court and plead not guilty to the felony charge of deliberate homicide.
Judge Robert Allison presided over the jury trial which began on June 3 in Flathead County District Court.
The case went to the jury on June 13, but after two days of deliberation, on Friday afternoon the jury was in a deadlock.
Judge Allison declared a mistrial.
According to Flathead County District Court, Lamb’s defense attorney Alisha Backus asked judge Allison for an acquittal, which was denied.
The jury was discharged until further notice. The court will reconvene on July 11 at 9:00 AM to decide how to proceed.