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Daniel Palmer, accused of putting his sister Wanda in a coma for 2 years, dies in custody

The West Virginia man who was identified by his sister as savagely beating her into a coma for two years has died in custody, officials said.

Daniel Palmer III was pronounced dead Thursday at a Charleston hospital – a day after being taken there for medical evaluation, the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Division of Corrections, said in A press release.

The cause of death has not been revealed.

Palmer, 55, was arrested on July 15 for attempted murder and malicious wounding after his sister, Wanda Palmer, identified him as her attacker after suddenly waking up after spending more than two years in a coma.

He did not cooperate while being held at the South-Central Regional Prison, according to the statement.

Wanda Palmer was bludgeoned in the head with a machete or an ax at her Cottageville home in June 2020, and her brother, who had a violent past with his brother, had been considered the prime suspect by law enforcement. .

“Due to a prior violent history between Wanda Palmer and her brother Daniel Palmer, investigators initially considered Daniel a suspect in the assault,” according to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.

The 55-year-old has been identified as his sister’s attacker after she woke up from a two-year coma.
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Daniel Palmer denied any involvement in the attack, telling cops he hadn’t been to his sister’s home in days. A witness later told investigators he saw Daniel outside the door of Wanda Palmer’s trailer the night she was attacked.

Law enforcement officials were notified that Wanda Palmer had regained consciousness and appeared to answer questions on June 27. Despite severe brain damage, she was able to communicate with detectives one word at a time and told them that her brother was the man who beat her. comatose.

On July 12, the deputies “entered Wanda’s room alone and began talking with her,” the complaint states. The deputy “asked open-ended questions to Wanda. Wanda said she remembered living in her trailer near her mother’s house. She said she remembered being injured there. She mentioned her head.

She said her brother was the one who hurt her. When deputies asked her why Daniel Palmer hit her, she said “he was mean,” according to the complaint.

Wanda Palmer “appeared oriented to her situation. Her answers to questions were consistent and to the point. She asked for prayer.

Daniel Palmer was being held on $500,000 bail. After his arrest, it would have taken hours for him to cooperate with authorities for an arraignment, which required a magistrate to leave a courthouse and go to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, WCHS reported- TV.

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