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DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL Steven Muni, left, and Patrick Hanly, attorney to Donna Palmer, conference with Judge Daniel B. Proud, continuing Palmer's trial to November. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum


Nurse trial pushed to November

By From page A4 | June 28, 2013

The trial of the former El Dorado Care Center director of nurses, charged with elder abuse in connection with the death of a patient, was pushed back in a hearing Monday afternoon.

A short hearing saw Donna Palmer’s attorney, Patrick Hanly, noting he filed a motion to continue the trial and there had been no objection from the prosecution. Deputy Attorney General Steven Muni confirmed that there was no objection.

Judge Daniel B. Proud then scheduled the trial for Nov. 5 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 2, with a Sept. 30 pretrial hearing at 1:30 p.m.

Muni noted the trial would likely last two weeks with each week seeing three days of trial.

Palmer was charged with elder abuse after patient Johnnie Esco, 77, died after receiving care at El Dorado Care Center, where Palmer was director of nurses in 2008. Esco’s husband, Don, testified against Palmer before dying on Oct. 8, 2012. A former co-defendant, Rebecca Smith, a nurse working under Palmer, took a plea deal of five years of probation on condition that she testify against Palmer.

Cole Mayer

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