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*UPDATE- Victim Identified* Delaware State Police Conducting Homicide Investigation- Magnolia

Date Posted: Monday, February 22nd, 2021

Magnolia- Delaware State Police identified the individual who was killed during an altercation on February 6, 2021, at approximately 3:25 a.m., on Millchop Lane, Magnolia, as 37-year-old Sergio Wilkerson of Smyrna.  

Delaware State Police arrested 46-year-old James Palmer of Dover for the murder of Wilkerson and charged him with the following crimes:

  • Murder 1st Degree (Felony)
  • Attempted to Commit Murder 1st Degree (Felony)
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)- 2 counts


Palmer was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #11 and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on a $1,120,000 cash bond.

*Update- Suspect Arrested* Delaware State Police Attempt to Locate Homicide Suspect – Magnolia

*Update* Delaware State Police Attempt to Locate Homicide Suspect-Magnolia

Delaware State Police Conducting Criminal Investigation- Magnolia

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