PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
AFTER THE trial ended in a 9-3 vote for acquittal, defendant Donna Palmer gets a hug from Western Slope Director of Nurses Marcella Berk outside the courtoom. Looking on is Palmer's son, Eric.
DONNA PALMER comforts her niece Tonya Johnson outside the courtroom.
DONNA PALMER, smiling after hearing there was a hung jury in her elder abuse trial, leaves the courtroom. Democrat photos by Pat Dollins

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