FAIRMONT — Michael Palmer will have a new defense counsel as he works to appeal a first-degree murder conviction.

On Tuesday, Marion Circuit Judge Michael Aloi granted a motion for Palmer’s attorneys, Sean Murphy and Rebecca Tate, to withdraw as counsel. Palmer was found guilty in March by a Harrison County jury of the first-degree murder of his father-in-law, Everett “Ed” Wilson, a Baxter resident.

During the hearing on Tuesday, Murphy told the court there has been an irreparable breakdown of the attorney/client relationship. Murphy said he feels it’s best to have a new attorney look at Palmer’s case.

Murphy said Palmer has filed a notice of appeal with the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Aloi said a new attorney will be assigned to Palmer’s case in the next few days.

In May, Palmer was sentenced to life in prison with a chance of parole after serving 15 years.

Find the full story in Wednesday’s Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

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