Suspect charged in murder of woman found in towed car

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ANOKA, Minn. - A man wanted for violent crimes in Georgia is now charged in the violent beating death of an 18-year-old St. Paul woman whose body was found inside a car that had been towed.

Anoka County prosecutors filed a criminal complaint Friday against 23-year-old Alberto Prece Palmer charging him with second degree murder in the beating death of Brittany Clardy.

"While nothing we do can bring Brittany Clardy back, we can and intend to hold accountable the person who we believe 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.

Investigators say Palmer murdered Clardy on or about February 11, as cell phone records indicate he was the last person to have contact with her. They traced Palmers phone records to an order he placed to a Brooklyn Park pizza shop, and subsequently traced the order to a Brooklyn Park home that belongs to Palmer's brother.

Police executed a search warrant at the home on the 8400 block of Kentucky Avenue North and found blood samples in several areas. In one place in the home blood had soaked through the carpet, the carpet pad and onto the subfloor.

They also recovered a pair of black pants that belonged to Clardy.

On March 6 detectives used live tracking technology to trace Palmer's cell phone to a residence in Woodbury, they converged and arrested him there.

During interviews investigators say Palmer admitted contacting the victim from her ad on Backpage.com, a site used by escorts and prostitutes, and arranged to have sex with her. Authorities say after having sex, Palmer says the two began to "tussle" and he choked her to unconsciousness. He then reportedly confessed to taking a hammer and beating her to death.

Police also learned that authorities in Dekalb County, Georgia had several warrants out for Palmer's arrest, accusing him of violently assaulting three separate victims after contacting them on Backpage.com and having sex with them.    

"From all the evidence in the complaint, Palmer appears to be a very dangerous man," said Palumbo.

Clardy's body was discovered inside a vehicle that had been towed to an impound lot in Columbia Heights. Police believe Palmer dumped her vehicle in the parking lot of a Brooklyn Park apartment complex with Clardy's body inside. She was finally discovered eight days after the vehicle had been towed to Columbia Heights.

Anoka County District Court Judge Sharon Hall set unconditional bail for Palmer at $2,000,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 10 at 1 p.m.

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