A Sabine Parish man found guilty in Caddo District Court last month of murdering a romantic rival must spend the rest of his life, and then some, in prison.


Joshua Cornell Palmer, a 36-year-old Many resident, was found guilty in District Judge Ramona Emanuel’s court April 24, of shooting and killing Dominique Roland, 32, on May 31, 2021. Palmer got the firearm used in the slaying from his ex-girlfriend prior to Roland visiting the woman. When Roland left the apartment Palmer approached him and walked with him down the street, shooting him three times, once in the face and twice in the chest.


Judge Emanuel sentenced Palmer to a mandatory life prison term without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence for the slaying. She also added a consecutive 19-year sentence, again without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.


Palmer was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Brittany Arvie and Senae Hall. He was defended by Royal Alexander and Dave Knadler.


The case was docket No. 385761.