Donna Palmer appeared in court for a just a few minutes Friday morning to schedule an all-day preliminary hearing date.
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Alongside defense attorney Patrick Hanly, Palmer stood in the courtroom while Deputy Attorney General Steven Muni and El Dorado County Judge Daniel B. Proud tried to schedule a date for the hearing around other trials taking place, with all parties finally agreeing on Nov. 27 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 2. The hearing had originally been set in Department 7, but Judge Douglas C. Phimister had moved it to Proud’s department in the hopes that he would be better able to schedule the hearing.
The charges against Palmer surrounded the death of Johnnie Esco, who died as a result of fecal impaction in 2008 while under the care of the nurses at El Dorado Convalescent Hospital in Placerville. Rebecca Smith, a fellow nurse who was also charged as a result of Esco’s death, changed her plea to “no contest” on Nov. 1.