CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A Harrison County jury has recommended mercy for the Marion County man who was convicted Wednesday of killing his father-in-law in Baxter on Dec. 11, 2011.

Michael Ian Palmer, 32, of Baxter was found guilty of first degree murder with mercy for the 2011 shooting death of his father-in-law, Everett “Ed” Wilson, 62.  Wilson was shot outside of the door to the home where Palmer lived with his wife and Wilson’s daughter, Kristyn.

Prosecutors claimed Palmer hated Wilson and planned the murder, while defense attorneys argued Palmer was protecting himself at the time of the shooting.  He was arrested in June 2012.

With mercy, Palmer will receive a life sentence, but will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

The Harrison County jury began its deliberations on Tuesday after hearing two weeks of testimony.  The case was moved out of Marion County when a jury could not be seated there.

 

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  • Jesse Hamryszak

    Mike was wrongfully convicted and having a crooked Prosecutor and the crooked cops as well didn't help him....I witnessed several jailhouse rats who just jumped on his case to get themselves out of trouble.....Jason Earl and Tim Biggs to name a couple.....what kind of system is this??? Lies got him convicted!! FREE MICHAEL PALMER!!

  • JJ

    If you are sentenced to life with mercy you are required to serve at the very least 15 years, before you are eligible for parole...so there is no way he will be out in 10 or 12 years. Plus just because you are eligible does not guarantee that you will be granted parole after 15 years, that is when you are eligible to see the parole board.

  • DimWittedhumans

    Kill the criminals, change the penalties, hang em, Wtf are you all blabbering about all the time?
    It costs more to inforce the death penalty in states as opposed to life imprisonment.
    "Well change the gosh darned laws!" Not so fast my toothless, bloodthirsty friend.
    If you want that 1st and 2nd amendment protected shouldn't we give the same respect to 5th,6th,7th, and 8th.
    Concentrate on raising your families correctly, contributing to society, voting, and making sense when you jump on your idiotic soap box. Jesus, it's the same nonsense every fn article.

  • knows

    The need to change the law or the penalty. Im sick of them saying they get a life sentence but be out in 10 to 12 years b/c of mercy. %tf he didn't have any mercy for the victim or maybe he would have just shot him in the leg

  • knows

    The need to change the law or the penalty. Im sick of them saying they get a life sentence but be out in 10 to 12 years b/c of mercy. Wtf he didn't have any mercy for the victim or maybe he would have just shot him in the leg