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July 12, 2013

Michael Palmer murder trial continued to October term

FAIRMONT — The first-degree murder trial of Michael Ian Palmer, which was set to begin Monday, July 22, has been continued to the October term of the Marion County Circuit Court.

Defense attorney Sean Murphy made the request to Circuit Judge Michael Aloi in a pretrial motion hearing Friday, citing what he called “a voluminous ... haystack” of computer evidence received just a few days ago.

Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Patrick Wilson agreed to the continuance, although he told Aloi he is ready to go to trial now.

Palmer is charged with the premeditated shooting death of his father-in-law, Everett Wilson, in December 2011. His wife, Kristyn Lorraine Palmer, is also charged with Wilson’s death. Her trial is set to begin Sept. 9.

Murphy also requested a change of venue and will also present a motion to quash the murder indictment entirely. Aloi is giving Murphy two weeks to file that motion.

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