Wash. - The Benton County prosecutor says a man about to go on trial for murder
may have tried to tamper with witnesses.
Tuesday started interviewing potential jurors for the trial of Grant Scantling, accused of murdering Franklin Palmer, 24, the roommate of Scantling's former fiancé, Ann
Andy Miller says taped telephone conversations last month from jail suggest
Scantling may have contacted certain witnesses to influence their testimony.
Miller says two inmates also came forward last Friday with similar stories.
with witnesses is a felony.
Court Judge Robert swisher turned down a defense request to delay the trial,
but authorized the defense to hire a private investigator to look into the
and defense attorneys will choose a jury from a pool of 85 people. The first
witnesses are scheduled to take the stand Thursday, with the trial expected to
last about three weeks.
If convicted of first-degree aggravated murder,
Scantling,41, faces a possible life prison term without the chance of parole.