Jury selection begins in Scantling murder trial
Jury selection begins today in the murder trial of a man accused of shooting another man to death in Kennewick in March.
Grant Scantling is charged with first degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Franklin Palmer at a duplex on East 8th Place.
This morning, 85 potential jurors showed up at the Benton County courthouse.
Before jury selection began, attorneys discussed some new evidence in the case which includes recorded phone calls from the jail between Scantling and his mother - prosecutors say Scantling talked about trying to stop some witnesses from testifying in his trial.
The other new evidence includes two letters from two jail inmates who say their conscience is bothering them about things Scantling has said, and they wanted to speak out.
Prosecuting attorney Andy Miller got the new evidence on Friday.
Defense attorneys got it yesterday.
Scantling's attorney Scott Johnson asked to either have the trial pushed back so he could have time to review the evidence, or not allow the evidence in the trial.
"I'm not being critical again of the state here. They get the information as they get it. But at the same time, if they're planning on using it, we have to have a chance to figure out what it is and what, if any significance, it has to the case" said Johnson.
The judge decided the trial will move forward as scheduled, but asked that the new evidence be brought up at the end of the prosecution's case.
Miller says he is not completely sure if he will even use the new evidence.
Opening statements are expected to begin Thursday.