February 16, 2011
A judge has granted a request for a delay in the MacKenzie Cowell murder trial. Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges today set a May 31st trial date for Cowell’s alleged killer, Christopher Wilson.
The original trial had been scheduled to start March 8th. The continuance was granted after Wilson defense attorney Keith Howard said he had not yet received all of the evidence collected by the prosecutor and would not be prepared for the March trial start. Some of the evidence is still in the possession of the State Crime Lab and had not yet been released.
Wilson appeared in court for the so-called Omnibus Hearing shackled wearing jail issued coveralls. Also attending the hearing were parents of both the victim and the defendant along with several of the victim’s friends.
Wilson is accused in the stabbing and strangulation death of Cowell whose body was found just over a year ago on the banks of the Columbia River near Crescent Bar. Cowell and Wilson were classmates at the Academy of Hair Design in Wenatchee.
Police allege that blood evidence found at Wilson’s Wenatchee apartment linked him to the murder. Wilson maintains he is innocent. His next scheduled court appearance, an Omnibus Hearing, is March 15th