Plunkett murder trial postponed

The trial for Sandra Plunkett, accused of killing her husband, retired Jefferson City police officer Paul Plunkett, has been postponed to give the defense more time to prepare its case.

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Sandra Plunkett, who has been charged with first-degree murder in the New Year’s Day shooting death of her husband, was scheduled to start her trial today, but a request to delay during a pre-trial conference Monday morning means it could be some time before Plunkett is tried before a jury of her peers.

“We have been talking about entering into a scheduling agreement, where milestones — discovery completed, depositions completed, stuff like that — would have to be met (before going to trial),” Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson explained Tuesday afternoon. “This is a murder case, they’re going to need time (to get ready).”

He said Judge Gary Oxenhandler ordered the prosecution and defense Monday to meet and “come to an agreement on a proposed schedule order” to be submitted to the court by Oct. 12.

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