The Times West Virginian

March 29, 2013

Kristyn Palmer’s trial set for September

New information from West Virginia State Police computer lab discovered

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — For the fifth time, Kristyn Lorraine Palmer has a new trial date.

The trial for the Baxter woman accused of the first-degree murder of her father in 2011 has been continued to late September in the June term of the Marion County Circuit Court.

She had been set to go to trial April 15.

In a status hearing Thursday morning before Circuit Judge Michael Aloi, defense attorney Christine Mulligan presented the continuance motion so she and defense co-counsel Fran Whiteman could have time to review the approximately 30,000 images on a computer disc that she said were retrievable only by the West Virginia State Police Forensics Lab.

Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Patrick N. Wilson objected to the continuance.

“The state is ready to go,” he said. “Originally, after the indictment, defense had put in a request for a speedy trial. Both Mr. and Mrs. Palmer were scheduled for April 15, but Mr. Palmer has been continued to the June term of court.”

If her trial date stands, there is much to do, he said. If not, there are potential cases that could be tried then.

“If this trial is continued, it will go to September,” Aloi said. “Mr. Palmer’s trial is set for the last two weeks of July and there is another murder case in August.”

“We expressed concern about the docket,” Mulligan said. “I know they want to go sooner rather than later.”

Palmer had signed a waiver of her right to the April trial and to continue it to the June term of court, Mulligan said.


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