A man accused of trying to kill his sister – who recently awoke from a two-year coma to name him as her attacker – has died.
Daniel J Palmer III died Thursday at a hospital in Charleston, West Virginia, six days after being charged with the attempted murder and malicious wounding of his sister Wanda.
He had been taken to hospital on Wednesday, the day before his death, after an assessment by prison medical staff.
The cause of his death has not been revealed.
Wanda Palmer was beaten and left for dead in her home near Cottageville, West Virginia in June 2020.
We think she was attacked with a machete or a hatchet.
According to local news reports at the time, she was so badly injured that police thought she was already dead.
But despite suffering brain damage, she was eventually able to name her brother as her attacker.
Jackson County Sheriff Ross Mellinger told the West Virginia Metro News, “The keys to it all lay with the victim herself, and with her inability to communicate, we were left with nothing.
“Now low and behold, two years later and boom, she’s awake and able to tell us exactly what happened.”
Mr Mellinger said Palmer ‘didn’t fight us or anything’ during his arrest, adding: ‘There was a bit of a surprise, but not entirely’.
A court document seen by NBC News said Ms Palmer was able to recall living in her trailer near her mother’s house and “indicated that she remembered being injured there”.
“She mentioned her head (the part of her body where she was injured),” he added.
“When asked who had hurt her, she (said) her brother.
“She then identified her brother as Daniel.
“When asked why Daniel assaulted her, Wanda said he was mean.”
Daniel Palmer, 55, appeared in court after his arrest but had to be dragged out of the courtroom after becoming combative.
He had denied assaulting his sister.
According to court documents, a witness saw him in the doorway of his sister’s trailer at midnight the night she was assaulted.
It had made him a person of interest, but it wasn’t until Mrs Palmer awoke from her coma and named him as her attacker that the police had enough to make the arrest.
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