Victim's Sister to Return for Questioning in Jarrett Murder Case
Patricia Mueller, Christine Jarrett's sister, has provided conflicting information in proceedings, according to attorney.
Allegedly inconsistent statements made by the sister of an Elkridge woman whose husband is accused in her murder may affect what jurors hear when the case goes to trial.
Attorneys defending Robert Jarrett want his former sister-in-law to return to court to review statements she made earlier this summer in a pre-trial hearing and explain why they apparently differ from statements she made to a grand jury.
Jarrett, of Elkridge, is scheduled for trial Oct. 1 on a first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife, Christine, from 1991.
The court has agreed to re-subpoena the sister, Patricia Mueller, who testified July 5 at a pretrial hearing.
Jarrett's attorneys claim statements Mueller made at that hearing are "completely opposite” of her testimony provided to a grand jury on May 9. The grand jury testimony has not been made public, and only recently was made available to Jarrett's lawyer, George Psoras.
The grand jury indicted Robert Jarrett on first-degree murder charges in May, weeks after police unearthed remains under a shed behind his Elkridge home on Claire Drive that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner identified as Christine.
Last month at the open hearing in Howard County Circuit Court, Mueller spoke of an incident in 1990 when her sister reportedly called her crying and asked to be picked up from a pharmacy in Elkridge. Mueller said that Christine had a cut on the bridge of her nose and said her husband "beat [me] up."
Psoras says he wants to cross-examine Mueller again. He said had he been provided with the grand jury testimony earlier, he would have taken a different tack with his questions at the July 5 hearing.
Prosecutors disagreed with the request.
“The state doesn’t see the need for that,” said Kim Oldham, representing the State’s Attorney for Howard County.
“This is not a minor thing,” countered Judge Richard Bernhardt.
At last month's hearing, Bernhardt said the murder case is "circumstantial," meaning that witness testimony is key in the trial because there is not direct evidence linking Jarrett to the crime.
Mueller will be summoned by subpoena to reappear at the next motions hearing on Sept. 6, when the attorneys will argue about what should be entered as evidence before the Oct. 1 trial.
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