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Michael Palmer Denied a New Trial, Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Ed Wilson

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A Marion County man convicted of the first degree murder of his father-in-law has been denied a new trial. 

Michael Palmer addressed the court Friday and accused the witnesses in his trial of lying, along with accusing Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Patrick Wilson of 'absolutely abusing his power'.  Palmer asserted that justice hadn't been reached in the case.  Palmer's attorney requested a new trial citing that no one expected a first degree murder conviction and the prosecution didn't prove Palmer didn't act in self-defense.  Marion County Judge Michael Aloi denied Palmer's request for a new trial and sentenced him to life in prison with mercy. Palmer will be eligible for parole in 15 years and will receive credit for time served.

Palmer was convicted of the 2011 murder of his father-in-law Everett "Ed" Wilson.  Palmer's wife, Kristyn Palmer, was scheduled to enter into a plea deal for her alleged involvement in the case last month and backed out of the deal.  She is accused of killing her father Ed Wilson and is also charged with 20 felony counts of forgery and uttering after writing and cashing checks from her deceased father's bank account totaling $4,650.  She is scheduled to appear in court next week.