Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on March 26, 2014 @ 3:54PM
Created on March 25, 2014 @ 4:23PM
The fate of the man accused of murdering his father-in-law is in the hands of the jury.
Michael Palmer's trial has been continued several times over the past two years, and now the jury will continue it for at least one more day, as they consider all the testimony and evidence from the last 12 days of trial.
The prosecution started Tuesday with their closing arguments. They said there was no doubt that Palmer actually killed Ed Wilson, but it would come down to the jury's beliefs about the details that will determine the verdict.
For the jury to believe Palmer acted in self-defense, they would have to believe he was afraid of Wilson. The prosecution said the evidence shows that's not true. Palmer made a call to 911 in November to report threats from Wilson but he didn't want police to come and arrest him. The state said that call was only placed to set up the call in December, that would report the shooting and try to make it look like self-defense. The same language was used in both calls. The state said a reasonable person would never shoot an intruder before they got in the door, unless it was premeditated.
The defense spent their closing arguments picking apart the witnesses and evidence in the trial, calling some of them liars and drug addicts that only took the stand for their own benefit. The defense said the that the Marion County Sheriffs Department didn't even investigate this case, going so far as to throw the police report in the trash. They said if the sheriff's department had done their job correctly, Palmer wouldn't have lost the last two years of his life. Defense attorney Sean Murphy said the state's case was based on guess work, and that if you have to guess, you have to side with the defendant and acquit.
In response, the state simply repeated that "we know Palmer killed Wilson on December 11th 2011, before he even got in the door."
The jury decided Tuesday to go home for the night and continue deliberating on Wednesday. Stay with 5 News for the latest updates.
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