Brenda Mayhew Guilty in 2021 Palmer Homicide

June 27, 2024 -Springfield- On June 26, 2024 a Hampden County Superior Court Jury found Brenda Mayhew guilty of first degree murder for her role in the February 2021 death of Ms. Marcia Wilson in Palmer. The penalty for first degree murder life without parole.  

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni stated, “I am hopeful that this verdict provides a measure of justice for Ms. Wilson’s family as the continue to grieve the loss of their loved one. I appreciate the diligent work of the detectives from the Palmer Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police in my office throughout this complicated investigation. My gratitude also extends to my prosecution team: lead trial counsel Assistant District Attorney Dana Parsons, appellate counsel Assistant District Attorney David Sheppard-Brick, and Chief Victim Witness Advocate Jane Chevalier, for their dedicated efforts on this matter.”

On Monday, February 8, 2021, uniformed members of the Palmer Police Department responded to 15 Fox Street at 8:08 A.M., after receiving a 9-1-1 call reporting an incident that has left two people injured and one deceased.  Responding officers had to force entry into the residence after attempting to gain entrance into the home via the front door but were obstructed from doing so. After gaining entry,  officers discovered Ms. Wilson deceased, and were not able to render aid due to signs of death from multiple stab wounds. They then checked the residence for additional victims or suspects. During their search in and around the residence they discovered two other individuals, Ms. Wilson’s husband and the defendant, Brenda Mayhew. Both were transported from the scene with various injuries.  

The decedent was later identified as Ms. Marcia Wilson, 68, of Palmer.

On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, detectives from the Massachusetts State Police Detective assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office and Palmer Police Department arrested Brenda Mayhew, 58, of Palmer on a charge of murder for her responsibility in the death of Ms. Wilson.

Brenda Mayhew’s sentencing wasn’t available at this time. It is expected to occur in early July.

Assistant District Attorney Dana Parsons represented the Commonwealth in this case.


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