Day: January 11, 2013

Trial looms over anniversary of Zielinski murder

  By CRAIG MURPHY
 Of the Keizertimes Saturday marks the two-year anniversary of a Keizer murder. The Zielinski murder saga could be drawing to a close soon, as a trial is expected to take place in mid-March. Peter John Zielinski has been charged with murder with firearm for the Jan. 12, 2011 killing of his wife, Lisa Zielinski. Peter’s attorneys entered a not guilty plea based on extreme emotional disturbance in the fall of 2011. In late 2011, a jury trial was scheduled for May 2012, but that was pushed back. Last June, a trial for this March was scheduled. Doug Hanson, a Marion County deputy district attorney handling the case, noted there is a pre-trial conference in late January, an informal meeting in the judge’s chambers to make sure both sides are ready for trial. Jury selection is scheduled to start Friday, March 15 with a weeklong trial set to begin Monday, March 18. “We are ready to go,” said Hanson, who feels he has a strong case. Jon Weiner, Peter Zielinski’s attorney, did not return calls for comment. Since the trial was scheduled to go before Marion County Circuit Court judge Dale Penn last summer, there have been few developments. In August the prosecution filed a motion to exclude defense expert testimony from William Brown. An order granting that motion was approved in late September. “We’ve had...

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Changing of the guard

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It was out with the old, in with the new at Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting. Most of the old, anyway. Three councilors formally stepped down Monday, while three new councilors took the oath to begin their four-year terms. Mayor Lore Christopher also took the oath to begin her seventh two-year term. Noticeable in his absence was outgoing councilor David McKane, whom Christopher defeated in November. “Councilor McKane is excused,” Christopher said at the start of the meeting. “He’s out of state.” Councilor Cathy Clark later noted McKane was visiting family but sent an e-mail wishing everyone the best of luck. Brandon Smith and Mark Caillier were on hand to give their formal good-byes, though neither will be going far. Caillier was appointed by Christopher to be her representative to the Volunteer Coordinating Committee, while Smith has been recommended by the VCC for a position on the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Approval is expected during the next regular council meeting on Jan. 22, a day later than normal due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Each of the outgoing councilors received a plaque highlighting their contributions as councilor and will have a tree planted in their honor. In introducing Smith, Clark rattled off the long list of committees Smith was part of since joining the council in 2007....

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