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Cowell defendant seeks to pull back guilty plea

SPOKANE — The man who pleaded guilty in the killing of Mackenzie Cowell has one month to ask a court — for a second time — to set side his plea. Christopher Scott Wilson, 32, sought to withdraw the plea he entered in May 2012, in which he admitted killing the 17-year-old Wenatchee High School student in exchange for a 14-year prison sentence. He has claimed innocence since his case was closed.

Former Cowell murder suspect sentenced for heroin

WENATCHEE — A onetime suspect in the murder of Mackenzie Cowell was sentenced Monday to three years in prison on an unrelated drug case. Emmanuel “Buddha” Cerros Sanchez, 27, of Malaga pleaded guilty to selling two grams of heroin to a police informant in October 2012. His sentence includes a one-year period of community supervision after he’s released from prison.

Reward for breaking the Cowell case: $29,500

WENATCHEE — The tipster who pointed police toward a conclusion in the murder of Mackenzie Cowell received his reward Tuesday: $29,500. Theodore A. “Theo” Keyes, 33, wrote a letter in August 2010 to the task force investigating the death of Cowell, a 17-year-old Wenatchee High School senior who went missing from downtown Wenatchee that February. She was found dead four days later on the shoreline of Crescent Bar.

The inmate’s tale

Behind bars, Christopher Wilson maintains innocence in Mackenzie Cowell’s murder.
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‘48 Hours’ turns camera on Cowell case

WENATCHEE — CBS News’ true-crime program “48 Hours” airs its long-in-the-making feature on the 2010 homicide of Mackenzie Cowell on Saturday, 10 p.m. local time.

Former Cowell suspect overturns conviction

EPHRATA — A woman implicated in the investigation of Mackenzie Cowell’s 2010 murder successfully appealed an obstruction of justice conviction in Grant County. Tessa M. Schuyleman, now 24, was convicted by a Grant County District Court judge in March 2011 of misdemeanor charges of giving a false statement and obstructing a public servant. On Wednesday, Grant County Superior Court John Knodell judge overturned the obstruction verdict and sent the false statement charge back for reconsideration by the lower court.

Tipster in line for $38,000 reward in Cowell case

WENATCHEE — The man who wrote a letter from jail pointing to Christopher Scott Wilson as Mackenzie Cowell’s murderer will receive up to $38,000 in a community reward. Theo A. Keyes, 32, provided multiple tips to police after Cowell’s February 2010 murder, but only one — in a letter written from the city jail in Springfield, Ore., where he was held after exposing himself to a barista at a drive-thru coffee stand — led them to interview Wilson that August.
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Wilson accepts 14-year plea deal in Cowell killing

WENATCHEE — Faced with a jury pool that already seemed convinced of his guilt, Christopher Scott Wilson on Wednesday pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2010 killing of 17-year-old Mackenzie Cowell.

Second jury pool called in for Wilson case

WENATCHEE — Attorneys in the trial of Christopher Scott Wilson dismissed 30 potential jurors out of a pool of 73 Tuesday, with attorneys worrying aloud about a change of venue. The first group of remaining juror candidates was sent home at 5:30 p.m., with Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges summoning a second pool of 40 to 60 jurors to be questioned and winnowed down starting at 9:15 a.m. today. The two pools will be combined for questioning as a group on Thursday — delaying opening statements that were ...

Prosecutor motions admitted for Wilson’s trial

WENATCHEE — Jurors in the murder trial of Christopher Scott Wilson may view a video file shot inside his former apartment, hear the criminal history of a defense witness, and hear pieces of four recorded phone calls Wilson made from jail. Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges ruled largely in favor of the prosecution Tuesday in pretrial motions over evidence. Among other motions, Chelan County Prosecutor Gary Riesen won permission to show the iPhone video, taken by Wilson’s friend Tessa Schuyleman, showing the interior of the apartment where police ...

Jury selection starts in Wilson trial

WENATCHEE — Seventy-three prospective jurors filled out questionnaires Monday on their prior knowledge of the case against Christopher Scott Wilson and the murder of Mackenzie Cowell. Emma Scanlan, one of the attorneys defending Wilson against the first-degree murder charge, told Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges the questionnaire she composed “is targeted at media exposure,” seeking to learn how much the juror candidates have absorbed about the case from news sources.
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Opening days: What to expect in the Wilson trial

WENATCHEE — Jury selection in the trial of Christopher Scott Wilson should begin Monday, with lawyers asking the judge to allow or discard pieces of evidence before the trial starts in earnest. Jurors will be handed a questionnaire Monday morning asking what they know about the 2010 murder of Mackenzie Cowell, 17, and the case against Wilson, 31, charged with first-degree murder. In a May 3 hearing, assistant defense attorney Emma Scanlan said individual questionnaires will avoid airing the case out loud and “potentially infecting the entire panel.”

A murder trial two years in the making

WENATCHEE — Mackenzie Cowell, 17, went missing after 3 p.m. Feb 9, 2010. The Wenatchee High School senior was seen on a parking lot surveillance video driving away from the Academy of Hair Design in downtown Wenatchee. Police believe she went to the 119 Okanogan Ave. apartment of fellow academy student Christopher Scott Wilson, now 31, where he murdered Cowell by strangling her, stabbing her in the neck and bludgeoning her in the head. They say cellphone records show calls to Wilson’s phone went unanswered between 3:30 p.m. and 3:49 ...
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FBI cellular expert to take stand in Cowell case

WENATCHEE — A Chicago FBI agent who helped win a celebrity murder case last week will testify on cellphone activity in the Mackenzie Cowell murder trial. Special Agent Nikki Skovran, an expert in cellphone records analysis, appears on the list of prosecution witnesses to be offered by Chelan County Prosecutor Gary Riesen. The trial of Christopher Scott Wilson, 31, in the 2010 murder of Cowell, a 17-year-old Wenatchee High School student, is set to begin jury selection next Monday.
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In Cowell murder case, Wilson turns down 6 1/2-year plea deal

WENATCHEE — Christopher Scott Wilson rejected a manslaughter plea that could have sent him to prison for less than seven years in the death of Mackenzie Cowell, according to Wilson's family. An email obtained by The Wenatchee World shows Chelan County Prosecutor Gary Riesen made the offer April 23, saying he’d recommend a 10-year sentence if Wilson would plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter in Cowell’s death, and second-degree assault in an unrelated incident.

Attorneys spar in Cowell murder motions

WENATCHEE — In dueling court filings, lawyers in the murder case against Christopher Scott Wilson laid out evidence that may never be seen by a jury. Wilson, accused of the 2010 murder of 17-year-old Mackenzie Cowell, faces trial in May. In pretrial motion hearings starting Thursday, his attorney John Henry Browne will ask the judge to suppress testimony regarding his client’s character, but allow the jury to hear about three other men police investigated before naming Wilson as their chief suspect.
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A glimmer in the dust

Newly-released court files disclose early leads in the Mackenzie Cowell case.
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Wilson’s trial date pushed to May

WENATCHEE — Murder defendant Christopher Scott Wilson will stand trial beginning May 22 in the killing of 17-year-old Mackenzie Cowell. The new date, set in a special hearing Wednesday in Chelan County Superior Court, supercedes a prior March 19 trial start. Cowell, a Wenatchee High School senior and hairstyling student, disappeared from downtown Wenatchee Feb. 9, 2010, and was found dead four days later at Crescent Bar.
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The Database

In the Mackenzie Cowell murder case, Homeland Security displays its ever-growing cache of personal info.