Pretrial motions prepared for Kennewick shooting case

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldJuly 31, 2013 

Jurors on an upcoming murder trial should be able to hear about the suspect's prior confrontations with his former fiancee and her roommate, a deputy prosecutor said Wednesday.

Lawyers in the case of Grant W. Scantling are preparing to argue pretrial motions on Aug. 23, with the paperwork due two weeks before. The trial is set for Sept. 3.

Scantling, 42, is accused of breaking in to Ann Marie Krebs' Kennewick home in March and fatally shooting Franklin Palmer several times in the head and the chest.

Krebs reportedly saw the shooting and had a gun pointed at her forehead, before Scantling left.

Deputy Prosecutor Julie Long told Judge Robert Swisher prosecutors will be seeking to use in Scantling's trial evidence of a prior threat to Krebs and a prior assault on Palmer, 24.

Scantling is charged with aggravated first-degree murder and first-degree burglary.

Long and Scantling's lawyer, Alexandria Sheridan, said they have been working together to make sure the defense has copies of all reports and other documents.

Long told the judge the only thing the prosecutors are waiting to know is "the nature of their defense," which she said Sheridan and co-counsel Scott Johnson are still working on.

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