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Michael Palmer Murder Trial To Begin Monday

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--Update--

A Marion County man's murder trial is set to begin on Monday in Harrison County.

Prosecutors said Michael Palmer and his wife Kristyn shot and killed Everett Wilson in 2011.

In January, the court was unable to seat a jury for a trial.

Judge Michael Aloi ruled to change the venue in February to eliminate any potential problems in finding an impartial jury.

Jury selection will begin at 9 a.m. in Judge Bedell's courtroom.

--Original Story--

A Marion County man's murder case will not go to trial in Marion County.

Judge Michael Aloi granted a motion at a pretrial hearing Thursday morning to change the venue of Michael Palmer's upcoming murder trial.

He believes this will eliminate any potential problems in finding an impartial jury.

Prosecutors said Palmer and his wife Kristyn shot and killed Everett Wilson in 2011.

In January, the court was unable to seat a jury from a pool of 41 people.

As questioning went on, more and more people were eliminated. After almost five hours, the remaining jurors were dismissed.

Judge Aloi said 60 witnesses will be called to testify during the trial, most of them belonging to the state. He said it was hard to find someone from the jury pool who didn't know a lot of the witnesses and law enforcement that would be testifying.

On Thursday, Judge Aloi called the council together to discuss moving the venue to either Harrison or Monongalia County.

He said he reached out to the Supreme Court about the necessary steps they would need to take to get the venue moved. The Supreme Court told Judge Aloi to grant a motion to change the venue and to submit a letter with the cause of the changes. Once that was complete, it would be approved.

Judge Aloi asked for the opinions of both the state and the defense.

Marion County Prosecutor, Patrick Wilson, objected to the move stating they believed they could find a jury in Marion County.

He said he believes moving the trial to Harrison County would be a "logistical nightmare" due to its security measures and the lack of space for witnesses.

Palmer's defense attorney, Sean Murphy, agreed with Judge Aloi's decision to move the venue of the trial. He said he submitted a request for a change in venue awhile ago. He believes "they will never find someone who doesn't know the witnesses" in Marion County.

Plus, Murphy agrees that the coverage of the case by local media is another factor that may be contributing to the lack of potential jurors.

Murphy told Judge Aloi they could accomplish the view of the crime scene with a video. Wilson argued the jury should have to go to the crime scene. Judge Aloi said this would be decided at a later date.

After much discussion, Judge Aloi granted the motion to change the venue and noted the state's objection.

He said the court has already received the approval from Harrison County and is still waiting to hear back from Monongalia.

Palmer's trial will take place on March 10.

Judge Aloi believes Harrison County will be the venue.