Published: January 31, 2007
Convictions against a man who admitted murdering three Captain D's restaurant employees were upheld Wednesday by the state Court of Criminal Appeals.
Percy Lee Palmer, 26, of Murfreesboro pleaded guilty to first-degree murder of cashier Troy Snell, 18, of La Vergne, Bryan Speight, 29, of Nashville and Scott Myers, 42, of Memphis. He is serving a life sentence in the state penitentiary.
The employees were shot and killed July 12, 2000 at the Smyrna restaurant.
Co-defendant La Tonya Taylor, 30, of Nashville is serving a life sentence without parole after a Circuit Court jury convicted her Sept. 28, 2004.
Snell's body was found inside his car behind the restaurant while Speight and Myers' bodies were found inside the restaurant.
After Taylor's trial, Palmer pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder. But later, he filed an appeal stating his court-appointed attorneys did not properly represent him.
At a hearing, Taylor declined to testify or present any proof so Circuit Court Judge Don Ash dismissed his appeal.
Taylor's appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeals stated the law and the record of the case supported Ash's dismissal. He stated he wanted the issues about his attorney saved for a federal review.
In a ruling released today, Judge Thomas T. Woodall stated the Court of Criminal Appeals upheld Palmer's conviction.
Palmer is serving his sentence at the Whiteville Correctional Facility. He will be eligible for parole Dec. 4, 2059.