The Times West Virginian

Local News

January 17, 2014

Michael Palmer wants wife to testify

Among motions in pre-trial hearing before murder trial

FAIRMONT — Only days before Michael Palmer’s murder trial, set to start on Tuesday, Jan. 21, defense filed a number of motions that were discussed in a pre-trial hearing Thursday afternoon in the courtroom of Judge Michael Aloi.

Palmer and his wife, Kristyn, are both charged with the first-degree murder of her father, Everett “Ed” Wilson, on Dec. 11, 2011, at their Baxter home. He died following a single shot.

Defense made a motion requiring Kristyn Palmer, Michael’s wife, to appear and testify on behalf of her husband. The defendant desires to call his wife to the stand to testify regarding a number of issues that could be beneficial to his defense

Some of these issues include when the parties were married, how long they lived in West Virginia, how long they lived above the beauty shop in Rivesville, her father’s propensity for violence (including the fact that he beat her mother and killed a dog), the arrangements Kristyn made for her father’s funeral, etc.

Palmer’s attorneys, Sean Murphy and Rebecca Tate, also requested an order precluding the state from calling particular witnesses in the trial.

Another motion called to exclude any evidence of computer and Internet usage after Dec. 11, 2011, in particular the Internet search that included the defendant researching potential charges related to the death of Ed Wilson.

A motion to suppress statements of Kristyn Palmer’s was also filed and stated the recordings were all made after the event for which the defendant is on trial and at the time when the defendant was clearly under a tremendous amount of psychological strain.

Murphy said in regard to this particular evidence, “There is no purpose for this evidence but to prejudice the defendant.”

The final motion was one to exclude state’s computer evidence. This evidence included a Facebook message purportedly from the defendant to Jason Antonk, that contained arguably insulting language to West Virginia residents, a narrative purportedly penned by the defendant regarding issues that he was having with a former employment, a photo of a gun on what appears to be Kristyn Palmer’s arm and a photo of a child holding a firearm.

In a final plea to Judge Aloi, the defense asked again to narrow down the 1,500 Facebook pages to a more precise list.

Murphy said, “Tell us what you are going to use. You do not have to use the dirt to authenticate the documents.”

Marion County Prosecuting Attorney, Patrick Wilson said exhibit lists will be made available for the defense at the trial.

Originally, the shooting had been described as a domestic incident in which Everett “Ed” Wilson attempted to enter the Palmers’ residence, damaging the front door, with Michael Palmer shooting him once in the torso. Wilson was pronounced dead on the scene by the state medical examiner.

Both Palmers were arrested in June 2012 and indicted by a Marion County grand jury for first-degree murder. Kristyn Palmer had already had been arrested for 10 felony counts each of forgery and uttering after allegedly forging and cashing $4,750 worth of checks on her deceased father’s account, some written before but all cashed after his death.

Michael Palmer’s murder trial is set to start at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Marion County Courthouse.

Email Kristen Talerico at or follow her on Twitter @KTalericoTWV.

Text Only
Local News
  • erin autism 1.jpg East Dale student, loyal to twin bother, promotes autism awareness

    Erin Pride, 12, is a sixth-grader at East Dale Elementary School.
    She likes to play basketball, is a Girl Scout and just started learning the clarinet for school band.
    This Christmas, she received a rubber band bracelet loom. Rubber brand bracelets are very popular, and she started making bracelets and trading them at school.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tuesday deadline for voter registration

    The deadline for new voters to register before the May 13 primary is fast approaching.
    Residents have until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday to go to a government office, such as the county clerk’s office or the DMV, and fill out a voter registration card.

    April 19, 2014

  • Swimming Challenge available for children with autism

    The Corridor Chapter of the Autism Society of West Virginia (AS-WV) and the YMCA of Clarksburg will be sponsoring the second annual Swimming Challenge for children affected by autism.
    The swimming challenge gives children with autism the opportunity to attend swimming lessons and work on their swimming skills one-on-one.

    April 19, 2014

  • CASA Superhero 5K set for April 26

    The second annual CASA Superhero 5K will be held April 26 in Fairmont.
    The event is at East Marion (Wave Pool) Park and is an annual fundraiser for CASA programs in Harrison, Marion, Monongalia and Preston counties.

    April 19, 2014

  • 041814 Fishing 2.jpg Fun, prizes mark annual event at Curtisville Lake

    An annual family fishing event begins at 9:30 a.m. today.
    The Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are having the annual Family Fishing Day. The event will take place today at Curtisville Lake, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. and prizes being given away at 10:30 a.m.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police: Shooting of boy accidental

    A boy remains in critical condition after being shot more than a week ago, and police officials are now saying the incident was accidental in nature.
    On Wednesday, April 9, at 7:52 p.m., police were dispatched to a Fairmont residence after an 11-year-old boy sustained a gunshot wound inside the home.

    April 18, 2014

  • FGH oncology to benefit from cleanup

    Proceeds from this year’s town cleanup and recycling in White Hall will go toward comforting local cancer patients.
    During Monday’s council meeting, recorder Charlie Mason said the town will hold its annual cleanup from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3, at Fabric and Foam in White Hall. He said only White Hall residents may bring their garbage to throw away, but any Marion County resident may bring metal (excluding computers, televisions and tires) to recycle.

    April 18, 2014

  • Pleasant Valley approves phase two of cemetery project

    Pleasant Valley City Council approved phase two of a project to fence in Samuel Linn Cemetery in Benton’s Ferry at the council meeting Tuesday.
    The cemetery was started in 1852, with the death of Samuel Linn.

    April 18, 2014

  • UPDATE: Police say 11-year-old shot in 'accidental discharge of a firearm'

    A boy remains in critical condition after being shot more than a week ago, and police officials are now saying the incident was accidental in nature.

    April 17, 2014

  • Attorney General - CB.jpg Morrisey wants to work with all to ‘help transform West Virginia’

    State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wants to work with citizens to “help transform West Virginia.”
    Morrisey was the guest speaker for the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s “Lunch and Learn” event Wednesday at the Mon Power headquarters, located in the I-79 Technology Park in Fairmont. His trip to the Friendly City followed a town hall meeting in Harrison County Tuesday night.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
TWV Video Highlights
NDN Editor's Picks
House Ads