Tri-City man pleads innocent to Friday murder

Tri-City HeraldMarch 25, 2013 

— The Kennewick man accused of fatally shooting the man living with his ex-girlfriend also threatened to kill her and himself before he fled to Spokane.

Grant Wayne Scantling, 41, pleaded innocent Monday in Benton County Superior Court to the first-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend’s roommate.

Kennewick police Detective Sgt. Randy Maynard said Franklin Scott Evans Palmer was shot several times, including in the head and the chest.

Palmer, 24, was killed Friday at the Kennewick duplex he shared with Scantling’s estranged girlfriend, Anne-Marie Krebs, and her three children.

Krebs and the children, two of whom she had with Scantling, were home during the shooting. They were not hurt.

Scantling is accused of breaking into the duplex at 520 E. Eighth Place and shooting Palmer just before 7:40 a.m.

Krebs told police she was in her bedroom about 7:30 a.m. when she heard a gunshot and saw Palmer fall to the floor in the hallway, according to court documents. Krebs then saw Scantling stand over Palmer and shoot him, documents said.

Scantling then came into Krebs’ bedroom and pointed the gun at her forehead, according to court documents. She described the gun as a semi-automatic handgun.

Krebs said Scantling told her “this was her fault because she slammed the door on him a few days ago,” documents said.

Scantling took Krebs into the living room where he put the gun to his head and told her he had one bullet left for her and one bullet left for him, before lowering the gun and running out, according to court documents.

Scantling was arrested Friday afternoon in Spokane. He has a history of cases in District Court in Benton and Spokane counties and Spokane Municipal Court dating to 1991.

Krebs told police she and Scantling had been engaged, but she broke the engagement off in November 2012. She planned to move to Michigan with her children the day of the shooting.

Palmer had lived in the Tri-Cities since 1990 and was a commercial and residential glass installer.

Benton County Superior Court Judge Robert Swisher set Scantling’s bail at $1 million and his trial for May 13.

-- Tyler Richardson: 582-1556; trichardson@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @Ty_richardson

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