OLYMPIA – A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier pleaded not guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in connection with his wife’s strangulation death in February. The plea came less than two weeks after his wife’s body was found stuffed in a storage container in his garage.
Sgt. Sheldon Plummer, 28, who returned from his third deployment to Iraq in August, was being held at the Thurston County Jail with bail set at $750,000.
Plummer’s next court date is set for May 24, and his trial is tentatively scheduled for the week of June 28.
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Plummer has admitted to Thurston County sheriff’s deputies that he strangled his wife, Winter Plummer, 28, after a dispute Feb. 19. Plummer told detectives that “he strangled his wife after she attacked him with a knife during an argument.”
Sheriff’s detectives began investigating Winter Plummer’s disappearance April 19, after one of Sheldon Plummer’s friends, also a soldier, called the Sheriff’s Office to say that Sheldon Plummer had called him and “wanted advice on how to dispose of a body.”
When detectives spoke with Sheldon Plummer, he said that about a month earlier, his wife had packed three suitcases and left after an argument. But Thurston County sheriff’s Lt. Chris Mealy has said his timeline of when his wife left was inconsistent.
Detectives later found that Sheldon Plummer had pawned his wife’s jewelry, Mealy said. Detectives also thought is was suspicious that Winter Plummer’s car still was parked at their apartment complex near Lacey.
They also thought it odd that she would abandon her 2-year-old daughter, Mealy has said. Sheldon Plummer had disposed of some of Winter Plummer’s belongings and sent text messages from her cell phone to her relatives in Arizona in an attempt to make it seem as though she was still alive, Thurston County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jon Tunheim has said.
Winter Plummer’s body was found in the storage container April 23. Winter Plummer, 27 at the time of her death, was an Iraq War veteran, according to her father, Carlos Goseyun. Goseyun also said that her 2-year-old daughter would live with him at the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona.
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