The Times West Virginian

July 14, 2013

Palmer’s attorney fires two more volleys

Change of venue, indictment dismissal are before the court

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Having the first-degree murder trial of his client, Michael Palmer, continued until the October term of court, on Friday defense attorney Sean Murphy fired two more volleys to Circuit Judge Michael Aloi in his attack against the state’s case.

First, he said he intends to file for a change of venue.

A change of venue moves the trial to another part of the state where jurors may not be as familiar with the case as those in the home county are. One cause for this motion is pretrial publicity.

Palmer is charged with the first-degree murder of his father-in-law, 62-year-old Everett  Earl “Eddie” Wilson, on Dec. 11, 2011, at the Baxter home Palmer shared with his wife, Kristyn Lorraine Palmer. She is also charged with 10 counts each of forging and uttering checks on her late father’s bank account.

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