Refusal to dismiss appealed in Pasco slaying case

PASCO -- Defense attorneys for a Pasco man accused of killing his pregnant former girlfriend have appealed a judge's decisions to not dismiss the case.

Bob Thompson, one of Kurtis Robert Chapman's lawyers, has asked the state Court of Appeals to review Franklin County Judge Craig Matheson's rulings.

The defense said Chapman's constitutional rights were violated when a Pasco detective listened to a recorded jail conversation between Chapman and attorney Matt Rutt.

Matheson twice refused to drop charges against Chapman, finding that Detective William Parramore listened to the call in good faith as part of an investigation into possible obstruction.

Thompson filed the notice of discretionary review Wednesday. It is not known how long it will take the appellate court to decide whether it will review the case.

Chapman is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in the May 2010 deaths of Shenay Greenough and her unborn daughter.

The West Richland 19-year-old was found under the Pasco home belonging to Chapman's father.

Greenough's mother, Christina Sullivan, told the Herald she was "extremely upset" with the defense's appeal, even though she knew it was possible.

What makes matters worse, Sullivan said, is the appeal was filed on what would have been Greenough's 21st birthday.

"Now all I can think about is 'Oh my god, I have to go through this again' -- the pressure of not knowing if they're going to drop it or not," Sullivan said. "I knew he was going to appeal, but until it actually happened, it didn't really hit me.

"I've gone for 15 months now with all this pressure."

Chapman's trial is set for Sept. 21, but if the appeal is accepted for review, the case would be put on hold until a ruling is issue.