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Cowell Murder Trial Reset for January 31st

June 07, 2011

A new trial date has been set for the man accused in the murder of MacKenzie Cowell. Christopher Wilson

was back in court Monday for a trial status hearing. Wilson has a new defense lawyer, John Henry Brown who has

handled some of the state’s most high profile cases. An attorney from Brown’s Seattle firm was in

court today in his place to request the 3 to 4-week trial be postponed until January 31st. The request was

granted by Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges. The Wenatchee Courtroom gallery was again packed

with Cowell’s friends and family as well as Wilson’s mother. The victim’s family is also getting

some moral support from a well-known victim right’s advocate who Wenatchee Bureau Chief Steve Hair

interviewed . . The charges against Wilson were recently upgraded to first degree murder. He’s suspected

of strangling and stabbing Cowell to death at his apartment in Wenatchee in March 2010. Her body was discovered

days later on the riverbank near Crescent Bar in Douglas County. Wilson and Cowell were classmates at the Academy

of Hair Design in Wenatchee.

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