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Jury selection begins today for Plunkett trial

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 said were minor, related to evidence with “particular statements” that both parties wanted to clear up in the pre-trial hearing before the trial with jury 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 that afternoon.

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

The Fulton Sun reported in January 2011 that Sandra Plunkett was arrested after she confessed to the murder of her husband, Paul Plunkett — a former Jefferson City police officer — during an interrogation, according to the probable cause statement. Paul Plunkett died on New Year’s Day three years ago.

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

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

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