Plunkett trial slated to begin Monday

Sandra Plunkett, the 40-year-old Holts Summit woman being charged with her husband’s murder, was in court Thursday for parties to take care of what Callaway County prosecuting attorney Chris Wilson called “housekeeping issues.”

Those issues, which Wilson called minor, dealt with “particular statements” both parties wanted to clear up in the pre-trial hearing before the jury trial begins.

Wilson and Plunkett’s attorney, public defender Justin Carver, will travel west to St. Joseph for jury selection today. Wilson said he anticipates the jurors to be chosen by this afternoon.

Opening statements for the case will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday in Callaway County Court.

Plunkett was arrested in January 2010 after she reportedly confessed to the murder of her husband, former Jefferson City police officer Paul Plunkett, on New Year’s Day.

“Sandra Plunkett admitted that she shot her husband, Paul Plunkett, in the head with a rifle,” a police statement said.

She is pleading not guilty, though, according to Missouri case.net. Plunkett’s trial was delayed in December 2012 when Carver said Plunkett’s defense was battered-spouse syndrome.

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