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Murder trial for Wilson pushed to March

WENATCHEE — The murder trial of Christopher Scott Wilson will be delayed until March 19 while defense investigators review the case. Wilson, charged with first-degree murder in the February 2010 killing of Wenatchee High School student Mackenzie Cowell, has been jailed since his arrest eight months after her death. His trial was due to begin Jan. 31.

Lawyer: Two inmates may have admitted involvement in Mackenzie Cowell’s murder

WENATCHEE — Christopher Scott Wilson’s attorney sought evidence that two unknown jail inmates might have disclosed involvement in the murder of Mackenzie Cowell. John Henry Browne, defending Wilson against a charge that he killed the 17-year-old Wenatchee High School student in February 2010, filed a motion Wednesday in Chelan County Superior Court seeking the name of a former jail inmate. That inmate apparently gave police the names of two other prisoners and said they spoke of being involved in Cowell’s death, Browne said.

Judged clean, Cowell suspect’s car returned

WENATCHEE — Tessa Schuyleman will have her car returned within 48 hours. The 23-year-old Manson woman, arrested but never charged in the Mackenzie Cowell murder case, won the return of her 1991 Subaru in a Chelan County Superior Court hearing Wednesday.

Wilson lawyer feels at home in Wenatchee

SEATTLE — When he next visits a Wenatchee courtroom, John Henry Browne will probably find the surroundings familiar and comfortable. “I like Wenatchee a lot, actually,” the defense lawyer says from his Seattle office. “One of the reasons I took this case is that I like eastern Washington. I don’t like western Washington. I was raised in New Mexico, so I don’t like the climate and everything over here.”

In Cowell murder, Seattle lawyer takes over Wilson’s defense

WENATCHEE — A new criminal attorney signed on Wednesday to represent Christopher Scott Wilson, charged with the 2010 murder of Wenatchee teen Mackenzie Cowell. Chelan County Public Defender Keith Howard filed a notice of withdrawal from the case to allow Seattle lawyer John Henry Browne, known locally for his defense work during the infamous 1990s sex-abuse trials, to represent Wilson.

Cowell coverage is our responsibility

As the Mackenzie Cowell murder case slowly makes its way toward trial, The Wenatchee World has been trying to fill in some of the blanks about this tragedy. Much of the information that led to the arrest of Christopher Wilson remains known to only a select few law enforcement officials, defense attorneys and prosecutors. But some is now being made public as part of court records.

Not-guilty plea, delay in Cowell murder trial

WENATCHEE — Christopher Scott Wilson again pleaded not guilty today to the murder of Mackenzie Cowell, as he was rearraigned on a charge of first-degree murder. At the same Chelan County Superior Court hearing, the scheduled May 31 date for the start of his trial was canceled, with a new date yet to be assigned.

Mackenzie Cowell scholarship deadline is Friday

WENATCHEE — The Building Industry Association of Washington is offering scholarships in memory of Mackenzie Cowell. The scholarships are intended for students who want to pursue careers in the building industry.

In Cowell case, salon building comes up clean

WENATCHEE — Investigators have found no evidence tying the murder of Mackenzie Cowell to the Salon Couture building, according to lawyers on both sides of the criminal case. When police raided the salon building at 404 S. Chelan Ave. last October, they found signs of blood spatter in the stairwell leading from the main floor to the basement apartment. A Dec. 16 report from the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab judged that none of the DNA material found in the apartment came from the murdered girl, said Chelan County Public ...

Wilson’s trial date could be delayed

WENATCHEE — The trial date for Christopher Scott Wilson, charged with the 2010 murder of 17-year-old Mackenzie Cowell, is likely to shift soon from its scheduled start date of May 31. Special defense counsel N. Smith Hagopian told Superior Court Judge John Bridges Monday he needs more time to research his portion of the case and craft a response. He was granted a continuance to May 19 — a day already set aside for hearing several other motions in the case, 12 days prior to the assigned trial date.

The Informants

In the murder of Mackenzie Cowell, two troubled tipsters aimed police toward defendant Christopher Wilson. Now lawyers are set for a showdown over the resulting testimony.

First-degree charge for Cowell murder defendant

WENATCHEE — Christopher Scott Wilson now faces a charge of first-degree murder in the 2010 killing of Mackenzie Cowell. Wilson, 30, has been held since last October on a charge of second-degree murder, accusing him of killing the 17-year-old Cowell in his Wenatchee apartment in February 2010. Chelan County Prosecutor Gary Riesen introduced the amended charge Tuesday, saying he believes the evidence shows Wilson murdered Cowell in a premeditated fashion.

Murder defendant Wilson shadowed by his own persona

Doubt came into Amelia Savage’s mind, and made her ashamed. The former Chelan woman got to know Christopher Scott Wilson when they were in their early teens. Near and far, as Savage toured the world and Wilson moved between school, the Army, the Northwest and the East Coast, the two remained in contact.

Schuyleman to battle Grant charges

MOSES LAKE — Tessa Schuyleman, accused by police of helping to cover up the murder of Mackenzie Cowell last year, will fight obstruction of justice charges brought against her in an unrelated Grant County case. On Wednesday, Wenatchee attorney Nicholas Yedinak filed a notice that he would represent Schuyleman, 22, as she disputes misdemeanor charges that she lied to Department of Corrections officers who searched her father’s home for a missing probationary offender last November.

Community benefit Friday for Wendy Cowell

WENATCHEE — A community benefit is planned from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at Kuykendall Hall at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 625 S. Elliott Ave. Proceeds will benefit Wendy Cowell, the mother of Makenzie Cowell. Mackenzie Cowell was found dead at Crescent Bar, a year ago, four days after she disappeared from downtown Wenatchee. Cost is $20 per person. Tickets are available by calling 662-7184.

Cowell suspect’s hearing crowds low-key district court

MOSES LAKE — Tessa Schuyleman, accused but not charged with helping cover up the murder of Mackenzie Cowell, will be sentenced next week on a separate misdemeanor charge in Grant County. Schuyleman, 22, attended Grant County District Court Thursday with an unexpected entourage: Cowell’s mother Wendy Cowell, a group of her supporters and four members of the police task force investigating Mackenzie’s 2010 murder, who crowded into the courtroom with some 75 defendants waiting to see Judge Richard C. Fitterer on their own misdemeanor cases.

Wilson’s trial held over until May 31

WENATCHEE — Christopher Scott Wilson, 30, had been scheduled for a March 8 trial in the murder of 17-year-old Mackenzie Cowell. He’s been held in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on $1 million cash bail since his arrest on suspicion of second-degree murder last October.