Alberto Palmer told police he killed Brittany Clardy during postcoital "tussle"
|Palmer (left) has been charged with murder for killing Clardy (right).|
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The impounded car had been towed from an apartment building off Kentucky Avenue in Brooklyn Park, and police used cell phone records to determine that Palmer -- who was wanted in Atlanta for kidnapping, false imprisonment, fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, and first-degree assault -- had been in the building and at his brother's apartment around the time the car was impounded. A search of his brother's apartment found deep blood stains and a pair of pants later determined to be Clardy's.
Authorities tracked Palmer to a Woodbury home, where he was arrested. Palmer said Clardy came to the Brooklyn Park apartment after he responded to a sex solicitation ad she had placed online. Here's what he told authorities about the circumstances of Clardy's death, according to the Pioneer Press:
[After the two had sex, they], began to "tussle," [and] he choked her to unconsciousness and hit her in the head with a hammer multiple times.The maximum penalty for second-degree murder in Minnesota is 40 years in prison.
Palmer said he then put Clardy in a car, covered her body with blankets, and left the car at a Brooklyn Park apartment complex, where it was found 10 days later...
Clardy's cause of death was determined to be multiple blows with foreign object to the back of the head.