Updated: Names of Kennewick, Finley shooting victims released

Herald staff writerMarch 23, 2013 

Authorities on Saturday released the names of the victims killed Friday in two separate shootings — one in Kennewick and the other in Finley.

Franklin Scott Evans Palmer, 24, of Kennewick, was found dead after gunshots were reported at 7:39 a.m. Friday at a duplex at 520 E. Eighth Place in Kennewick.

Police identified Grant Wayne Scantling, 41, as the suspect and Friday afternoon Spokane police arrested him at a home in the 2200 block of North Denver in Spokane. He was returned to Kennewick and booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Sgt. Ken Lattin said Scantling knew Palmer, who was living at the duplex with Scantling’s estranged girlfriend Ann Krebs and her three children. Scantling is believed to be the father of two of Krebs’ children, a witness told police.

Police identified Scantling as the murder suspect from information provided by an unidentified witness to the shooting, Lattin said. An autopsy of Palmer was Saturday but results won’t be available for a few days, police said.

James Hopstad, the landlord of the duplex, said Krebs was recently estranged from Scantling and was planning to move cross country. A U-Haul trailer was parked in the home’s driveway.

Finley shooting

A fatal gunshot wound killed Jerry L. Barton, 53, on Friday at 196905 E. Bowles Road in Finley, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Barton was found shot to death shortly after 2 p.m., but authorities have not gathered enough evidence to determine who may have shot Barton, said Cpl. E. Magnuson with the sheriff’s department.

Timothy Brown, 24, of Finley, was contacted on the property and questioned by deputies about shooting Barton, but he was later released, said Cpl. E. Magnuson in a press release issued Saturday.

The sheriff’s office “believes all parties involved in this incident have been contacted. No charges have been filed at this time. We will be providing more details as the investigation progresses,” Magnuson said.

“No one has been charged yet,” he said. “And we also don’t feel there is a public safety issue (regarding an alleged shooter on the loose).”

Magnuson added that more details would be released Monday after sheriff detectives complete their investigation.

-- Dori O’Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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