Scantling murder trial begins in Benton County
The murder trial of a man accused of killing a man in Kennewick in March begins today in Benton County Superior Court.
After attorneys picked a jury this morning, prosecuting attorney Andy Miller gave his opening statements.
He says Grant Scantling shot 24-year-old Franklin Palmer three times inside a Kennewick duplex, and he also gave us some insight into what Scantling was thinking before the incident took place.
After more than five months of questions and speculation, we're now getting an inside look into the mind of accused murderer Grant Scantling, from notes he wrote before the shooting.
"I apologize to everyone for the pain, and heartbreak that this day is going to cause. I'm already gonna burn in Hell. God have mercy on me" said Miller as he read notes from Scantling.
Prosecutors believe Scantling shot and killed his ex-fiance's boyfriend - Franklin Palmer, the morning of March 22, 2013.
The shooting happened inside his ex-fiance's duplex on East 8th Place in Kennewick.
This morning, Miller read to the jury some hand-written notes from Scantling, that police found in his house after he was arrested in Spokane.
Prosecutors say the notes reveal the frustration Scantling was feeling toward his ex-fiance, Ann Krebs, before the incident.
"I'm gonna kill you for that. What was she afraid of? I wasn't this guy 'til now. You're gonna reap a whirlwind. Or maybe I was that guy, and it took Ann to bring it out. The demon is loose" said Miller as he read notes from Scantling.
Here's what police believe happened the day of the murder:
Scantling, who was living in Spokane, stole his roommate's car and gun and drove to Kennewick.
He broke into Ann Krebs' home and started choking and threatening her.
When Franklin Palmer and another man who were staying at the house went to Krebs' room, Scantling shot Palmer, and the other man ran away.
Then, according to police, Scantling shot Palmer two more times while he was on the ground.
And according to Miller, as Scantling drove away, the other roommate who had left the duplex heard Scantling say something like, 'that's what happens when you sleep with my girlfriend.'
Now, as the trial moves forward, jurors will carefully listen to the evidence to determine Scantling's fate.
Defense attorneys did not give an opening statement.
They reserved their statement for later.
Testimony is expected to begin Friday morning.
Scantling is charged with first degree murder.
The trial is expected to last two to three weeks.