Attorney wants death penalty out in Oak Grove case

An attorney for one of the two men accused of killing 19-year old De’Andre Palmer in Oak Grove in 2016 will ask for the death penalty to be removed as an option.

Paducah public defender Margo Merrill represents Leonardo Miller and said Wednesday in Christian Circuit Court that she’s also asking the Commonwealth to provide a “bill of particulars” outlining specific charges against her client.

Arrest warrants for both Miller and Deqavion James allege they fatally shot Palmer in July of 2016. Police say they took cash and other items from Palmer’s pockets before putting his body in a closet. Palmer’s body was later moved from the residence and it was discovered a few days later by an Oak Grove Police officer near Ghost Bridge on Carter Road.

Judge John Atkins set another hearing for the afternoon of April 25th.