Pretrial set for accused murderer William Savage
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | March 14, 2017
A pretrial in the David Palmer murder case will take place later this month.
William Savage of Fenelon Falls has made eight court appearances by video since November of last year. During his most recent appearance on March 2, a pretrial was set for March 27 at the Lindsay courthouse.
A trial date has not yet been set, said Emilie Smith, a spokesperson with the Ministry of the Attorney General.
Savage was arrested in Fenelon Falls last October and charged with first-degree murder. He was 47 years old at the time.
Palmer, also 47, but from Bowmanville, was last seen alive on October 2, 2015. His abandoned car was found 12 days later near Spruce Lake Trail, a few kilometres north of Haliburton Village. Seven months later, investigators found his remains in the Spruce Lake area.
David Palmer. File photo
The cause of death has not been released.
“That forms part of the evidence, which going forward will obviously form part of the case before the courts,” said OPP Sgt. Peter Leon.
The men were known to each, but police wouldn’t elaborate further at the time of Savage’s arrest.
Police have still not found Palmer’s wallet, black Samsung flip phone and his St. Louis Blues hat, said Leon.
Anyone who finds the missing items or saw suspicious activity is asked to call Det. Const. Matthew Carmichael of the City of Kawartha Lakes OPP Crime Unit at 705-324-6741.
Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca or Crime Stoppers at www.stopcrimehere.ca.
Informants may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.