Plunkett Trial Enters Second Day

2 years 4 months 2 weeks ago January 08, 2014 Jan 8, 2014 Wednesday, January 08 2014 Wednesday, January 08, 2014 12:13:00 PM CST in News
By: Jordan Herr, KOMU 8 Reporter and Marie Mandelberg, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

CALLAWAY COUNTY - The murder trial of the wife of a former mid-Missouri police officer entered its second day Wednesday.

Sandra Plunkett is charged with first-degree murder for the death of her husband, Paul Plunkett, in 2011. He was a Jefferson City police officer.

Wednesday afternoon, the state called Mark Edwards of the Jefferson City Police Department to the stand. Edwards was a friend of Paul Plunkett. Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson questioned Edwards about the possibility of domestic violence between the couple, as well as the victim's history with excessive force allegations during his time with the Jefferson City Police Department. Edwards confirmed he had looked into Plunkett's history of force, but not not seen any signs of abuse toward Ms. Plunkett. 

Public Defender Justin Carver followed with additional questions during the cross-examination. He asked Edwards if there is always evidence in domestic violence cases. Edwards replied there is not always evidence. 

Earlier Wednesday, the court heard recordings of Plunkett's third interview with Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Darren Blankenship. During the trial, Blankenship said he asked if Plunkett was sorry for shooting her husband and Plunkett said yes. 

Plunkett admitted to going on a drive after shooting her husband and disposing of the gun a few feet from a gravel road.

While on the stand, Sergeant David Rice said he did not notice any signs of physical injury or harm to Plunkett during his interactions with her. Plunkett's defense attorney said Plunkett killed her husband in self-defense after being abused. In a preview interview, Plunkett said her husband punched her in the face and held a gun to her head. 

In her first interview, Plunkett told investigators a man dressed in camouflage pointed a gun at her outside her home and she later found her husband shot to death in their home.

The trial is being held in Callaway County, but the jury was chosen in another county. 

The trial is expected to resume tomorrow [Thursday] in the Callaway County Court House around 9 a.m.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri Senate staffer is set to review Planned Parenthood's internal records, including procedures for fetal... More >>
1 hour ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:31:21 AM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities are monitoring high water levels along the Current and Jacks Fork rivers in southwest Missouri to... More >>
1 hour ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:28:03 AM CDT in News
PINEVILLE (AP) — A southwest Missouri man has been convicted of in the death of a man who was shot... More >>
3 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 9:44:49 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — A tree caught on fire after being struck by lightning early Thursday morning. The Columbia Fire Department... More >>
3 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 9:27:00 AM CDT in News
STANTON (AP) — Meramec Caverns, a popular Missouri attraction that draws thousands of visitors each year, will remain closed through... More >>
5 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 7:56:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 15-year-old St. Louis boy is charged as an adult with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal... More >>
5 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 7:35:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) and the Truman VA are scheduled to celebrate the completion of the Patriot... More >>
11 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:08:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Newer buses purchased in the late 2000s by the City of Columbia are costing much more in maintenance... More >>
13 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:35:00 PM CDT in Target 8
LINN — Transgender woman Cathy Serino received an invitation on Wednesday to participate in the "The United States of Women"... More >>
17 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:15:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Memorial Day weekend festivities are underway following the Salute to Veterans wreath laying ceremony outside the Boone County... More >>
17 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked 100,000 people about their smoking habits and found current... More >>
18 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 7:16:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City, Missouri, police say an officer shot and wounded a woman they say pointed a... More >>
18 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:45:41 PM CDT in News
JOPLIN — Residents gathered at Cunningham Park on May 22 to remember the tornado that took 161 lives in 2011.... More >>
18 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:32:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 19-year-old Illinois man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a downtown St.... More >>
19 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 5:25:24 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — SERVE food pantry is seeking funds to replace delivery truck for continued food deliveries. SERVE is a... More >>
20 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 4:39:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon announced today that the Echo Bluff State Park in Shannon County will officially be... More >>
20 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 4:37:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Missouri school immunization requirements for students are changing. Students entering eighth grade and twelfth grade are required... More >>
21 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 3:27:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's insurance department has dealt a setback to a proposal by the nation's third-largest health insurer... More >>
21 hours ago May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 3:25:45 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 84°
2pm 86°
3pm 86°
4pm 86°
5pm 86°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:00p
Days of Our Lives
2:00p
The Meredith Vieira Show
3:00p
The Dr. Oz Show
1:00p
Maury
2:00p
Rules of Engagement
2:30p
Rules of Engagement

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Strong
8:00p
Red Nose Day
7:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00p
The Flash
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld