Eugene Palmer may be alive and living in the woods, but that won’t stop authorities from seeking a grand jury indictment charging him with murdering his daughter—in-law during a Sept. 24 confrontation on his Haverstraw property, officials told the Journal News/lohud today.
An indictment for murder would allow a Rockland County criminal court judge to issue a warrant allowing police agencies nationwide to detain the 73-year-old Palmer for any reason.
“It would be a real travesty if we found out he was stopped in another jurisdiction and without a warrant for his arrest, he would be released,” Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said. “One purpose of an indictment would allow a judge to issue the warrant and any law enforcement agency to place him in custody.”
The second reason for putting the Tammy Palmer’s homicide before the grand jury, Zugibe said, is to preserve police evidence and witness testimony.