ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — A man wanted in a string of attacks last year against women in Georgia was charged Friday with killing a young woman in Minnesota whose bloodied body was found hidden in blankets in her mother’s towed car.
Alberto Prece Palmer, 23, is charged with one count of second-degree murder in the February beating death of 18-year-old Brittany Clardy. He made an initial appearance Friday in an Anoka courtroom and was ordered to remain in jail on $2 million bail.
“While nothing we do can bring Brittany Clardy back, we can and intend to hold accountable the person who took her life. It is a sad day for Brittany’s family and we will seek justice for her,” said Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo. “From all the evidence in the complaint, Palmer appears to be a very dangerous man.”
Palmer’s arraignment is scheduled for April 10. His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Shawn Webb, didn’t immediately respond to a phone request for comment left at his office.
According to the criminal complaint, Palmer admitted to police that he killed Clardy at his brother’s home in Brooklyn Park, a suburb north of Minneapolis. He said he found Clardy through online massage ads she placed and arranged for her to come to the house Feb. 11 for paid sex.
She drove her mother’s Chrysler Concord to the house, where Palmer had sex with her, he told investigators. Palmer said they began to “tussle” afterward. He choked her until she passed out and then hit her in the head with a hammer several times, he said.
He stashed her body in her mother’s car and left the vehicle in an apartment complex parking lot before returning to his brother’s to clean up the blood.
Prosecutors believe Palmer has attacked several women in the past six months.
Authorities in Chamblee, Ga., have issued arrest warrants for Palmer in connection with three attacks in that state — one in September and two in December. In each attack, the assailant hired the women for sex through a website, had consensual sex with them at his apartment, then assaulted them before they could leave. Police believe the assailant had an accomplice in one of the attacks, in which the victim was held captive and raped and beaten for 36 hours.
The Minnesota complaint doesn’t say why Palmer was in Minnesota or when he arrived. Others who lived at his brother’s home told officers he had stayed there for most of February.