Palmer found guilty

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A Burke County Superior Court jury took about half an hour Thursday to determine that Willie Palmer murdered his estranged wife and stepdaughter.

Willie Palmer: Convicted felon killed his wife and stepdaughter in September 1995. His daughter, still living, also was found in the house.  Special
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Willie Palmer: Convicted felon killed his wife and stepdaughter in September 1995. His daughter, still living, also was found in the house.

District Attorney Danny Craig said the sentencing phase of Mr. Palmer's death penalty trial begins this morning in Waynesboro, Ga. Both sides will be allowed to present evidence in an attempt to persuade the jury to find one of three possible punishments - life in prison, with or without parole, or death.

Mr. Palmer was convicted of murder and other charges in the Sept. 10, 1995, slaying of 31-year-old Brenda Jenkins Palmer and 15-year-old Christine Jenkins.

Ms. Palmer's sister found their bodies in the early morning of Sept. 11 when she arrived at Ms. Palmer's Vidette house. The only one still alive was the Palmers' 15-month-old daughter, who had been left with the bodies.

Mr. Palmer initially stood trial in Burke County in April 1997, but the proceedings were cut short by mistrial. The trial moved to Washington County,, and a jury convicted Mr. Palmer and set punishment at death in November 1997.

Mr. Palmer remained on death row until October 2003. An appellate judge learned that a critically important witness had been paid $500 for his testimony. The Georgia Supreme Court also found that that fact rendered Mr. Palmer's conviction and sentence unfair. A new trial was ordered.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodsonon@augustachronicle.com.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/24/07 - 05:57 am
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About 2 or 3 more convictions

About 2 or 3 more convictions and this guy will be eligible for the celestial dirt nap. Your tax dollars at work.

ripjones
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ripjones 08/24/07 - 07:58 am
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Let's hope it does not take

Let's hope it does not take THAT long. All this retrial crap, has to make the appeal process moot. Strap him down, and juice him up.

eric stoner
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eric stoner 08/24/07 - 08:00 am
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This is a seriosly bad man

This is a seriosly bad man who claims to be "mentally retarded" but has played the legal system like a maestro.

amazed1
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amazed1 08/24/07 - 08:01 am
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Is this the three strike

Is this the three strike rule? Let's see, three guilties, three life sentences without parole. Three death penalities,shucks, you can't fry him but once. three lifes with parole,that's not fare. I guess that we'll have to settle for one deep fry.

ShelbyJones
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ShelbyJones 08/24/07 - 08:05 am
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Send him to Texas, they have

Send him to Texas, they have no problems enforcing the death sentence. Leaving a 15 month old baby wth the dead bodies.

september 5th
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september 5th 08/24/07 - 08:08 am
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maybe he should be tried in

maybe he should be tried in tennessee where he will only have to serve 7 months like the preacher's wife!

pofwe
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pofwe 08/24/07 - 08:20 am
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Break it up, break it up,

Break it up, break it up, shows over. The murdering scumbag has been found guilty all over again, just cause he is. Now time for some good ol' tauntin,' Yadee, yadee, yadee, Palmer is going to hell in a hand basket. Let me pull the switch.

butterflygina
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butterflygina 08/24/07 - 08:52 am
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I'm glad he was convicted. He

I'm glad he was convicted. He needs to pay for what he did. I wonder did he get any charges related to child cruelty or neglect for leaving the child there with the dead mother and sister. This is really sad. He should have killed himself instead.

butterflygina
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butterflygina 08/24/07 - 08:53 am
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I have another comment not

I have another comment not about this story. Why did they find it necessary to interview and "sensationlize" John Mark Karr? I wouldn't watch that type of thrash, but he is loony as they come.

intheknow
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intheknow 08/24/07 - 09:20 am
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Enough is enough, time to pay

Enough is enough, time to pay the Piper.

Augusta Mom
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Augusta Mom 08/24/07 - 10:24 am
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Let's hope this one

Let's hope this one "sticks".......

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 08/24/07 - 12:38 pm
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This is going on all over. A

This is going on all over. A person convicted of killing a policeman in Savannah and sentenced to death in 1987, has appealed to everyone possible, including the United States Supreme Court, and having had his execution set last month is now going to get another hearing before the pardons & paroles board which apparently is the REAL supreme court in Georgia. "New" evidence ? After twenty years? Oh, it's nothing like DNA or anything definitive - suddenly there is a new suspect which everyone supposedly has known all these years and several witnesses apparently perjured themselves in the original trial. Sure . . .
So here goes again, another long term appeal, appeal, appeal, meanwhile paying out exorbitant sums of money not only to house this individual in Burke County, but who is paying for his defense?

tdp
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tdp 08/24/07 - 12:49 pm
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Thank God that 15-month old

Thank God that 15-month old was too young to realize what had happened. I say fry him. The sooner the better! And to August 24.....you're right. The preacher's wife's sentence was much too lenient. She could have divorced him...She could have refused his demands for kinky sex...She could have done any number of things other than kill the man. Don't get me wrong, if he did half of the things she testified to, he was scum. But she could have just exposed him to the public, effectively ruining him both personally & professionally. What are some people thinking???

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 08/24/07 - 02:00 pm
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I agree tdp, fry him.

I agree tdp, fry him.

Ms.A.Dixon
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Ms.A.Dixon 08/24/07 - 04:57 pm
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As a resident of Burke co.We

As a resident of Burke co.We all know to well how the judical system works here.Palmer got exactly what he deserves AGAIN! Guilty .But what tricks will he try now? Retarted/well I think not he had enough sense to tell his nephew to walk on the grass so their foot tracks wouldn't show in the dirt ,yeah that really takes a retarted man to think of that so again HIP-HIP HOORAH!!!

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 08/24/07 - 06:27 pm
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They should have taken care

They should have taken care of him along time ago, now his child is 13 years old and has to deal with all this crap. Hope she is doing well!

peggyandrick
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peggyandrick 08/24/07 - 06:42 pm
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What's wrong with this

What's wrong with this picture. Twice the prosecution withheld evidence from the defense. The prosecution PAID a witness. Fair trial? Yeah Right!

whitescorpion
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whitescorpion 08/24/07 - 11:43 pm
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Oh Yea "peggyanprick" this

Oh Yea "peggyanprick" this guy is completely innocent!

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