Murder suspect waives speedy trial

By the Tri-City HeraldMay 2, 2013 

The date for Grant Wayne Scantling's aggravated first-degree murder trial has been moved to July 22.

The trial was scheduled to begin May 13. During a Wednesday hearing, defense attorney Alexandria Sheridan told Benton County Superior Court Judge Robert Swisher that Scantling is waiving his right to a speedy trial.

Prosecutors said Scantling, who also is charged with first-degree burglary, killed his former fiancee's roommate after breaking into her Kennewick home March 22.

Franklin Palmer, 24, died in the hallway of Ann Marie Krebs' home when he was shot several times in the head and chest, according to court documents.

Krebs saw the shooting from her bedroom, documents said. Scantling allegedly pointed a handgun at her too and threatened to pull the trigger before running from the house.

Krebs had planned to move to Michigan on the day of the shooting with the three children she had with Scantling, documents said.

Scantling sat quietly, wearing a black and gray striped Benton County jail jumpsuit, during his five-minute hearing Wednesday morning. He is being held on $1 million bond. Prosecutors have not said if they will seek the death penalty in the case.

Swisher also scheduled Scantling's next court date for June 5, with a pretrial hearing scheduled for July 10.

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