The attorney for the Kansas City-area man – and former Independence Fire Department paramedic – accused in the disappearance and murder of his wife nearly three years ago tried to convince a judge that a confession from one jail inmate to  another should be admitted during the upcoming trial.

The attorney for the Kansas City-area man – and former Independence Fire Department paramedic – accused in the disappearance and murder of his wife nearly three years ago tried to convince a judge that a confession from one jail inmate to  another should be admitted during the upcoming trial.

Eric Vernon is attorney for Shon Andrew Pernice, charged with first-degree murder of his wife, Renee. Vernon said Tuesday that a federal inmate said a former cellmate of his in Leavenworth confessed that he killed Renee and disposed of her body. Renee disappeared in early 2009, and her body was never found.

The motion to allow the third-party evidence was heard during a Nov. 21 hearing in Clay County Court.

The cellmate, Shane Foster, has a previous record that includes burglary and misdemeanor sexual assault, as well as accusations of sneaking into store fitting rooms and watching women try on clothing.

Court documents show that police interviewed the cellmate and that Foster gave an accurate description of a type of car Renee Pernice once owned, according to KMBC.

Upon examination of court documents, Vernon said he discovered that Foster had also made rude comments to woman and chased another into a laundry room of her apartment complex.

When Pernice disappeared, Foster, who was on parole at the time, was living within 2 miles of the Pernice home, according to Vernon.

“It’s compelling evidence,” Vernon said Tuesday. “But the laws  in Missouri allowing such admissions is difficult. There has to be some kind of connection.

“I contend that his confession of killing her is good enough.”

Judge Shane Alexander will rule on the motion on Dec. 9.

A jury trial is scheduled to begin on Feb. 27, 2012.