The murder trial of a Lebanon man charged with killing his estranged wife is scheduled to begin in Linn County Circuit Court on Tuesday, May 15, with jury selection.
Jason Allen Garlinghouse, 34, shot Sparki Garlinghouse, 34, multiple times the morning of Feb. 14, 2017, at his home in the 900 block of Osprey Way, prosecutors say.
The defense intends to rely on a self-defense argument during the trial, which is scheduled for eight days.
On Monday, a pretrial hearing was held in the case, with prosecutor Keith Stein and defense attorneys Brett Jaspers and Thomas Hill discussing evidence, procedures and other aspects of the trial with Judge David Delsman.
For example, Delsman and the attorneys clarified the rules that a gun and knife could be brought into the courthouse and shown during the trial as evidence.
Garlinghouse was not required to attend Monday’s hearing and did not do so.
Opening statements in the case could start on Wednesday, Stein said.
A probable cause affidavit in the case states that Jason Garlinghouse told a 9-1-1 dispatcher that his wife attacked him and he shot her multiple times. Police found her clutching two children’s backpacks and a set of keys in her left hand, and a bread knife was resting in her right hand, according to the PC affidavit.
However, a medical examiner and a Lebanon Police Department detective reported that two of the gunshots appeared to have entered through Sparki Garlinghouse’s back, the PC affidavit states.
The Garlinghouses had separated, were in the middle of a custody battle, and Sparki Garlinghouse was living at another residence, according to court paperwork, which also described a history of multiple “calls for service” to the home.