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By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Trial begins in murder trial of Cheney-area man


Last updated 3/12/2020 at 2:38pm

SPOKANE – Jury selection and initial proceedings began earlier this week in the murder trial of a Cheney-area man who allegedly poisoned his wife with pain-medication laced ice cream.

David L. Pettis, 58, has pled not guilty in Spokane Superior Court to charges originally filed in October 2018 but dropped in December and then refiled in June 2019.

On June 25, 2018, Pettis called police to report his wife, 64-year-old Peggy Pettis was “blue and wasn’t breathing.” Responders arriving at the house in the 21400 block of South Beckley Lane near Tyler didn’t see any signs of trauma and...

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