MT. VERNON — A Mt. Vernon native has hired a private attorney to represent him in a murder case.
Marventi Palmer, 27, currently incarcerated in the Department of Corrections, appeared in court on Tuesday with Evelynn Lewis of St. Louis.
During a court hearing earlier this month, Palmer requested a court-appointed attorney and Judge Eric Dirnbeck appointed Meagan Carnine to the case.
Lewis said Palmer would be waiving his right to a speedy trial and pleaded innocent to the charges.
Palmer is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the Aug. 8, 2010, shooting death of Mt. Vernon teen Deon Feggins. Feggins was 15 when he was gunned down in the 1800 block of Conger Avenue.
The Feggins homicide investigation went cold for 3 ½ years before Mt. Vernon Police could tie Palmer to the scene of the crime. Palmer was formally charged in January.
He is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence on a 2012 drug conviction in Jefferson County.
Palmer will be back in court at 9:30 a.m. June 17 for a pre-trial conference.