Wil­liam Sav­age guilty of mur­der­ing David Palmer

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LIND­SAY — Fenelon Falls res­i­dent Wil­liam Sav­age has been found guilty of the first-de­gree mur­der of Bow­manville man David Palmer in 2015.

Sav­age’s jury trial be­gan in Lind­say court in Septem­ber.

The jury be­gan de­lib­er­a­tions on Thurs­day of last week and re­turned a ver­dict shortly be­fore 9 p.m. on Fri­day.

Sav­age will be sen­tenced on Dec. 3.

Frank Jew­ell, Palmer’s un­cle, said the court al­lowed Sav­age a few min­utes with his mother be­fore re­mov­ing him from the court­room and tak­ing him to jail af­ter the ver­dict was read.

He said the fam­ily is glad the jury found Sav­age guilty, but the fam­ily is re­lieved the court case has ended.

“It’s been very emo­tional for us,” said Jew­ell.

Jew­ell added that he sym­pa­thizes with Sav­age’s fam­ily as they are pay­ing for his ac­tions.

It was the Crown’s the­ory dur

ing the trial that Sav­age owed Palmer a sub­stan­tial amount of money. Court heard the Crown’s the­ory that the only way to elim­i­nate Sav­age’s debt was by killing Palmer with a ri­fle at a re­mote lo­ca­tion in Hal­ibur­ton on Oct. 2, 2015.

Palmer’s mother and step­fa­ther re­ported him miss­ing on Oct. 6, 2015.

His gold-coloured Honda was even­tu­ally found on Oct. 14, 2015, just off Spruce Lake Trail east of Hal­ibur­ton.

About six months later, parts of Palmer’s re­mains were lo­cated about 275 me­tres from where his car was dis­cov­ered.

At trial, as­sis­tant Crown at­tor­ney Re­becca Grif­fin ar­gued that Sav­age owed Palmer money in the fall of 2015.

“Wil­liam Sav­age was over­whelmed with debt,” Grif­fin told the jury dur­ing her open­ing re­marks. “So­lu­tion — elim­i­nate David Palmer, and elim­i­nate the debt.”

The Crown said Sav­age lured Palmer to a meet­ing by say­ing he could re­pay part of the debt by get­ting mar­i­juana from a grow oper­a­tion. Grif­fin sug­gested there was no mar­i­juana grow oper­a­tion and the ploy was part of Sav­age’s plan to kill Palmer.

“It was a ruse,” Grif­fin told the jury.

Grif­fin told ju­rors that cell­phone records will show both men trav­elled to and met in Hal­ibur­ton on Oct. 2.

“Only one was trav­el­ling back,” she said.

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