Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on March 14, 2014 @ 7:00PM
Created on March 14, 2014 @ 6:20PM
The first full week of the Michael Palmer trial has come to a close, and though we might be far from the end, we still learned a lot about this case.
The first week has brought a lot of new developments in the trial. Deputies, the medical examiner, friends of the victim, and fellow inmates of palmer took the stand, and they brought forward a lot of incriminating evidence.
The prosecution started the week by claiming that Palmer and his wife felt entitled to the money and property of the victim Ed Wilson and that his death was malicious and premeditated. The defense said Wilson made threats against the Palmers, that he tried to beat down the door of their home using brass knuckles the night of the shooting, and that Palmer killed him in self-defense.
The first deputy on scene that night was also the first witness. He described the scene and identified the murder weapon, an AK47.
Friends of Wilson testified that he was a social and happy guy, who never caused any problems.
On Friday, Jason Earl, who knew Palmer in prison, took the stand to say that Palmer told him he was waiting for Wilson to come to his house the night of the shooting, and that he had guns loaded and ready. He also apparently admitted to planting the brass knuckles on the victim, so it would look like self-defense. The defense followed up by asking that witness about his history of drug abuse and the times he's lied to judges in the past.
People involved in the case have said that this trial could stretch on for a full three weeks. The 5 News team will keep you updated until the jury reaches a verdict.
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