CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A West Virginia man charged with the severe beating of his sister that left her in a coma for 2 years has died in police custody, authorities have confirmed.
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Jackson County Sheriff Ross Mellinger confirmed Friday that Daniel Palmer III, 55, died Thursday night at a Charleston-area hospital, West Virginia Metro News reported.
Daniel Palmer was charged Friday, June 15, with attempted murder and malicious wounding after his sister, Wanda Palmer, identified him to police as the person who attacked her at her Cottageville home in June 2020 and l left for dead.
Investigators said Palmer was in poor health and was transported from the South Central Regional Jail to an area hospital on Wednesday, WCHS-TV reported.
“Inmate Palmer was uncooperative while in custody and during prison booking procedures. On Wednesday, July 20, 2022, Palmer was transported to CAMC General Hospital following an evaluation by prison medical staff,” Morgan Switzer, assistant general counsel for the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security, said in a statement. press release prepared.
“His overall health wasn’t a strong point to start with, so it’s not a complete shock,” Mellinger told MetroNews.
According to WCHS, neighbors found Wanda Palmer beaten unconscious in her home on June 10, 2020. Two weeks ago, Wanda Palmer awoke from a coma at the long-term care facility where she was receiving medical treatment and identified Daniel Palmer as his attacker. .
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