A Kamloops man facing one charge of murder and three counts of attempted murder stemming from a violent March altercation inside a North Shore apartment insisted on Thursday that he will represent himself in court.
Michael Wayne Palmer, 44, has been in custody since the early-morning hours of March 29, not long after Rene Kevin White was stabbed to death inside a Carson Crescent apartment. Palmer is accused of killing White and stabbing three other men inside the suite — a pair of brothers, ages 62 and 58, and a 21-year-old man.
White was a celebrated author who was working on his second book. He left behind a daughter and two grandsons who had only recently begun to know him.
During a brief hearing on Thursday (Nov. 19), Palmer, appearing via video from Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre, said he has no intention of hiring a lawyer.
“I’m just going to do my own legal stuff,” he said. “I’m intelligent.”
Kamloops provincial court Judge Marianne Armstrong suggested Palmer reconsider.
“It’s not a matter of intelligence,” she said. “If I were going to do my own dental work, I’d be terrible at that, even though I’m intelligent and I did well in school.”
Palmer was not convinced.
Court heard Crown prosecutors are working to get a hard drive of disclosure to Palmer, which he should have by next week.
Palmer, who has elected trial by judge and jury in B.C. Supreme Court, is slated to return to court for a week-long preliminary inquiry beginning on Feb. 16.