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January 30, 2013

Palmers’ trials continued until February

FAIRMONT — The separate capital murder trials of Michael Ian and Kristyn Lorraine Palmer have been continued to the February term of circuit court.

Each is charged with the first-degree premeditated murder of her father, 62-year-old Everett Earl “Eddie” Wilson, on Dec. 11, 2011, at their Baxter home.

Both defendants were set to meet jointly in mid-January at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County, where they have been lodged since their arrest in June 2012, with their attorneys present to “discuss their options.”

Michael Palmer had been scheduled to go on trial Monday. His defense attorney, Sean Murphy of Morgantown, was arrested by Marion County sheriff’s deputies and charged with malicious assault of fellow attorney Scott Radman in the J. Harper Meredith Building on Jan. 22. Murphy was free after posting $10,000 bond.

The decision to continue Michael Palmer’s trial had been made before that incident, sources said.

It is not known if Murphy will continue to represent Palmer.

Former Marion County magistrate Rebecca Tate was assigned Palmer’s defense co-counsel Jan. 16 by Marion Circuit Judge Michael Aloi.

Both Palmers are expected to submit similar — and extensive — witness and evidence lists in what could be lengthy trials.

Both were arrested in June 2012 and indicted by a Marion County grand jury for first-degree murder.

Authorities were called to the Palmer residence at 29 Main St. in Baxter shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. At the time, Marion County Sheriff Joe Carpenter stated that Wilson attempted to enter the home, damaging the front door.


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