Scantling trial begins with opening statement from prosecutor

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. -- KEPR is continuing to cover the trial suspected of a love triangle murder out of Kennewick.

Prosecutor Andy Miller painted a picture for the jury of a scorned lover -- saying Grant Scantling took a friend's car and gun to burst into the home on East Eighth Place.

The state says the 42-year old used a cinder block to shatter a sliding glass door and attack his former fiancee, Ann Krebs.

"And he places it around her neck, and he starts choking her...and he continues to choke her...he chokes her so hard, that when the detectives interview Ann Krebs later that morning, they can see the red marks," said Prosecuting Attorney, Andy Miller.

The prosecutor said Franklin Palmer heard the commotion and rushed to the bedroom. He was shot and killed. Scantling is charged with aggravated first-degree murder. His defense attorney chose not to give an opening statement today.