David Josiah Lawson

Nearly two years after 19-year-old HSU student David Josiah Lawson was stabbed to death at an off campus party, a criminal grand jury has decided against issuing any indictments in the case, the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday afternoon.

Read the statement below:


A Criminal Grand Jury was convened on February 28, 2019, to address the stabbing death of David Josiah Lawson.  The jury received testimony from 25 witnesses, including experts in forensics and DNA.  By law, the process included the opportunity for the Grand Jury to subpoena evidence and witnesses.

On March 13, the Grand Jury declined to indict any person in the stabbing death of David Josiah Lawson.  Therefore, no charges will be filed in the case. The District Attorney has notified Mr. Lawson’s family of this outcome.