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January 23, 2014

Palmer trial halted and continued

FAIRMONT — The first-degree murder trial of Michael Palmer has been halted and rescheduled because an insufficient number of jurors could be found from the 41-member pool.

After almost five hours of questioning by Marion Circuit Judge Michael John Aloi, Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Patrick Wilson and defense attorney Sean Murphy, the remaining jurors in the pool were dismissed.

The trial had been set to begin Tuesday but was already delayed several days due to bad weather.

It is now set to begin in the next term of court, which begins in February, with a new jury pool.

Palmer’s trial date was first set in 2012, and has been continued seven times since then.

Michael Palmer, of Baxter, was arrested in June 2012 and charged with the premeditated murder of his father-in-law Everett “Ed” Wilson. Wilson was shot to death at the Baxter home of his daughter, Kristyn Palmer, and son-in-law, Michael Palmer on Dec. 11, 2011.

The shooting was originally portrayed as a domestic incident in which Wilson damaged the front door while trying to enter the Palmers’ home. Michael Palmer shot Wilson once in the torso. Wilson was pronounced dead on the scene by a state medical examiner.

The Palmers have remained at the North Central Regional Jail since their arrests in June 2012.

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