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Daniel J. Palmer III, who was taken into custody last week for attempting to kill his sister, who recently woke up from a two-year coma, has died.
Daniel J. Palmer III was 55 years old.
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Daniel J. Palmer III was charged with attempted murder and malicious wounding following the June 2020 assault, which left his sister Wanda “attacked, hacked, and left for dead,” the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office of West Virginia said in a press release.
Jackson County Sheriff Ross Mellinger tells people that Palmer was transported to the Charleston Hospital Wednesday and was pronounced dead the following day.
Mellinger believes that his death was most likely due to natural causes.
“It was an avalanche of recurring health issues,” says Mellinger. “He generally was not a healthy man, to begin with, and once he got to jail his health continued to spiral downhill.”
He was in custody for seven days.
“From an investigator’s standpoint it is unfortunate we don’t get the chance to see the case through,” says Mellinger. “We turn the focus towards the victim in the case and hope she continues to get better. She has a long road ahead of her.”
Two years ago, Wanda Palmer was found “seated on the couch with her head slumped over” at her home near Cottageville, West Virginia, Mellinger says.
“There was a lot of skull and brain trauma,” he tells people. The weapon used was likely a hatchet or machete, he says.
Mellinger says a witness saw Palmer on his sister’s porch the night before police responded to her home. Still, a lack of eyewitnesses, evidence, and surveillance footage made investigating the case difficult.
“He was certainly a person of interest early on, but we just didn’t have anything to move forward,” Mellinger says. “We had legitimately nothing to go on other than a person who drove by at midnight on their way home from shift work sees him standing on the porch.”
Wanda Palmer, 51, was hospitalized in a coma after the brutal attack for two years.
Mellinger says he recently received a call from her long-term care facility stating she was finally able to speak with law enforcement.
“We traveled two hours to get to where she was being housed,” he says. “Her speech is very primitive. One- and two-word type conversations but she was able to clearly identify her brother and identify him by name as well. And describe in a very primitive form where she was hit and where she was injured. ”
“It was pretty astonishing,” he adds. “It certainly gave us the traction we needed to move forward on our end.”
Mellinger says despite Palmer’s death, Wanda was able to get “her voice back and most importantly her voice mattered,” he says. “She got her voice back and what she had to say mattered to everybody. That’s important.”