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‘Zombie’ protester arrested outside courthouse

John Thomer, provided by HCSO John Thomer, provided by HCSO
John Thomer, provided by HCSO John Thomer, provided by HCSO
Another 'zombie' protester at the courthouse. (FOX19 NOW) Another 'zombie' protester at the courthouse. (FOX19 NOW)

A protester dressed as a zombie was taken into custody outside the Hamilton County Courthouse Tuesday morning.

A judge held John Thomer in contempt of court and sentenced him to three days in jail following Thomer’s demonstration, a spokesperson for the sheriff's office said.

At least one other zombie joined Thomer’s courthouse protest. They dressed up in support of a Sycamore Township homeowner who is facing multiple violations for his ‘zombie’ Nativity scene.

Jasen Dixon’s contentious zombie-themed nativity scene made national headlines in December. The front lawn display included a baby Jesus replaced by a baby zombie, complete with fangs and blood spilling from its mouth.

In court Tuesday Dixon pleaded not guilty to the violations, which could reportedly cost him $500 a day.

Dixon said he modified his Nativity to meet Sycamore Township zoning standards after officials warned the display violated zoning codes. Despite that, Dixon claims, the township still pursued the violations.

“They don’t have a case. It’s a first amendment issue and I’m not worried about it,” said Dixon after his court appearance.

The display isn’t religious statement but rather a piece of art, according to the Facebook page description. “We are not atheist,” the description clarifies.

Dixon, who manages the ’13 Rooms of Doom’ haunted house, also set up the display in 2014.

A battle against the township won’t scare him from an even more ambitious display in 2016.

“Bigger and better,” was his answer when questioned about future plans for the zombie Nativity scene. 

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