Testimony begins in Scantling murder trial

<p>Grant Scantling</p>

Grant Scantling

Testimony begins today in the murder trial of Grant Scantling - who is accused of killing his ex-fiance's roommate in Kennewick in March.

This morning, jurors heard the 911 call that Scantling's ex-fiance, Ann Krebs made after Scantling allegedly shot and killed 24-year-old Franklin Palmer inside her home.

"Can you tell if he's breathing at all?" asked the operater.

"I don't think so" said Krebs.

"Take a deep breath for me, you're doing great. Where is the weapon now?" asked the operater.

"He's got it, he took it with him, he left" said Krebs.

"Who took it?" asked the operater.

"Grant, he took it, he left with it" said Krebs.

"Your husband left with the weapon?" asked the operater.

"He's my ex, yeah" said Krebs.

Prosecutors believe Scantling broke into Krebs' home on East 8th Place in Kennewick the morning of March 22, 2013.

They say he went into Krebs' room, and started choking and threatening her - Krebs told police he also put a gun to her head, but didn't pull the trigger.

Investigators say when Franklin Palmer, who was staying at the house in a seperate room, came to Krebs' room, Scantling shot him three times.

Prosecutors say after the shooting, Scantling drove away and told another roommate who was staying at Krebs' home something like, 'that's what you get when you sleep with my girlfriend.'

This morning, we got more insight into what was going on inside Scantling's mind before the incident.

Police say according to hand-written notes from Scantling that they found inside his Spokane home, he was extremely frustrated with Krebs for not letting him see his two children they had together.

Kennewick Police officer Isaac Merkl read one note this morning entitled the "last will + testament of Grant Wayne Scantling."

"Being of unsound mind plus broke in body, and yes, I am sober, this is why, and why is underlined. I know that a lot of you will ask that. Ann has chosen to use my children as a weapon to hurt me, beyond what most men can take. I haven't seen my kids since Christmas. On 3-19-13, I finally got enough money to go see them, only to get my door, in parenthesis, I installed it, slammed in my face" read officer Merkl.

Then, reading from another hand-written note found in Scantling's home, officer Merkl read, "Ann will never learn that you can't treat me that way and get away with it".

Police say after the shooting, Scantling drove to Spokane.

Some of his family members saw him, and police arrested him.

Scantling was living in Spokane with his brother-in-law.

Investigators believe the morning of the shooting, Scantling stole his brother-in-law's car and gun, and drove to Kennewick.

That gun has never been found.