MONROE TRIAL DELAYED…BUT JUST ONE DAY
SALINE/JACKSON COs.—Everyone who has been wondering how Paul Christenson is going to pull off starting jury selection for his client Tim Monroe in Saline County while handling a preliminary hearing for Kristina Martin in Jackson County now no longer has to speculate: He isn’t.
Monroe’s trial has been delayed one more day, but not because of any machinations on the parts of any of the players: reportedly, Christenson has a murder case he’s handling elsewhere, and has closing arguments in that case tomorrow afternoon (01.26.10). The judge in the murder case is allowing him to handle Tina Martin’s prelim at 8:30 in the morning as scheduled.
Scheduled at the same time as Tina for a prelim are her husband, Raymond Martin and step-son, Cody Martin. They all face multiple charges in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme that emerged early this month; the charges remain in Jackson County and have not been bumped up to fed. Raymond, however, has had his fed case trial date moved to April 12 on account of the new charges.
Monroe’s jury selection will then go off on Wednesday, 01.27.10.
Monroe’s trial has been pending since his arrest in April 2008 on charges that he sold cocaine to local dweeb Rodney Marcum, who hangs with a bunch that includes the likes of the Fonsecas and the county’s prosecutor Mike Henshaw (even though Henshaw says they only have a casual acquaintance, along the lines of the fact that Marcum is some kind of masonry worker and did some work for the prosecutor in days past.)
Interestingly, a week ago, Marcum, clear out of the blue, submitted a statement into the evidence file which reads that he has never seen cocaine in his life except for the coke that Monroe sold him during the incident in question.
We’ve been told that Henshaw isn’t planning on calling Marcum to the stand as a witness. It’s unknown whether Christenson will do so…but it’s probably highly likely. We don’t know if subpoenas have been issued for Marcum, or whether he’s just laying really, really low and hoping his statement will speak for him.
But if Christenson does call Marcum, the prediction he gave Henshaw last month about the trial being a “bloodbath” will probably begin with Marcum’s testimony, as it’s alleged that he’s part of the inner circle of Henshaw/Robert Wilson/George Henley/Jimbo Watson/John B. Jones/David Cox/Paul McSparin/others of their ilk…and that Marcum’s ‘part’ is that of the provider of “the good stuff.”
We will be bringing the most up to the minute stuff we can on both the Martin and Monroe cases as they progress, and as much coverage as possible in the print version, on stands Feb. 8-10.
Short URL: http://www.disclosurenewsonline.com/?p=1969