A jury trial for a Winfield man accused of killing his wife will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 5. 2018 in Cowley County District Court in Winfield.

A final conference will be held at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19, 2018, so District Court Judge Nick St. Peter can hear any pre-trial motions and receive jury instructions from the defense or prosecution.

St. Peter said Monday that jury summonses will probably be issued by Jan. 12, around three weeks before the trial is set to begin.

Zachary L. Gardner pleaded not guilty in July to a charge of second-degree murder in the Jan. 15, 2017 death of his wife, Melissa C. Gardner, at a Winfield residence.

St. Peter and the attorneys also discussed some evidence that could be introduced at the trial, including evaluations on Gardner’s mental state. This will be further addressed in the pre-trial motions. Gardner, an Iraq War veteran, has suffered from post traumatic stress disorder since returning from active duty, according to a friend who spoke after Gardner’s arrest.

Any requests for additional evaluations could possibly affect the trial date, St. Peter said.

Gardner is being represented by attorneys Michael Brown and Chad Giles. Cowley County Attorney Larry Schwartz is representing the state of Kansas.

Gardner remains in the Cowley County Jail on $500,000 bond.

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