William Savage guilty of murdering David Palmer
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.