Judge to Consider Legality of Search in Jarrett Case

The remains of Robert Jarrett's former wife were found buried beneath a shed in his yard.

A hearing is being held today in Howard County Circuit Court to determine whether the police search that produced the remains of a woman missing for 21 years was legal.

Robert Jarrett, of Elkridge, is accused of first-degree murder in the death of his former wife, Christine, whose remains were discovered by police in April mixed with concrete and buried beneath a shed on Jarrrett's Claire Lane property.

The hearing is one of several scheduled to determine what evidence can be used in the case.

Judge Richard Bernhardt has already ruled that evidence of “domestic discord” in the Jarrett household could be used as part of the prosecution's arguments and that since Christine Jarrett's remains have been cremated, there cannot be a reexamination of the remains.

Read full coverage of the Robert Jarrett case on Elkridge Patch.

Robert and Christine Jarrett lived together at the Claire Drive residence  until 1991 when she disappeared.

Howard County police arrested Jarrett in April and on May 20 he was indicted on a first-degree murder charge.

In a case that will rely less on physical evidence and more on decades-old recollections, Bernhardt has said he’ll have to act as a “gatekeeper,” determining what evidence is reliable enough to be presented at the trial, which was scheduled to begin Oct. 1, but has been postponed.

Related articles:

- Neighbors Say They Feared Body Was Buried in Neighborhood

- Accused Wife Killer Called 'Normal Working Man'

With reporting by Patch Editor Elizabeth Janney

Adam R October 12, 2012 at 08:55 AM
Hopefully the judge is being prudent so this case will not be overturned on appeal at a future date. Guys wife missing for 21 years, neighbors and others have suspicions I have no problem with search. I do have a problem it took police 21 years to do it but that's not on trial here. What is on trial here is another vicious sadistic wife killer who killed his wife buried the body and made the family live at the murder scene all those years. This is the the cases that make me favor the death penalty if a jury of his peers finds guilt!
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