Man indicted on 1st-degree murder charge in death of 18-year-old found in car


An Anoka County grand jury has indicted Alberto Palmer, 23, with first-degree murder in the slaying of Brittany Clardy, an 18-year-old found dead in February in a car that had been towed to a Columbia Heights impound lot.

Palmer had been charged with second-degree murder, but he appeared in court Monday to be indicted on the more serious charge, FOX 9 reported.

Police believe that Clardy had been working as a prostitute and that she arranged to meet clients, including Palmer, online. Palmer is accused of killing her with a hammer. His bail remains at $2 million and he is next due in court June 27, the Pioneer Press reports.

Clardy's parents spoke earlier this month to the media. "We want people to know that she was our daughter. She was a person. She was loved," her father Alvin Clardy, said, KARE 11 reported.

Clardy had been bright, beaming and confident, friends told the Star Tribune. A grade-school teacher called her a high achiever, and a neighbor recalled “a beautiful young girl, always laughing and smiling,” the newspaper reported.

Next Up

sprinkler water

Lake Elmo among latest MN cities to implement outdoor watering ban

The ban prohibits automatic or mechanical watering outdoors in an effort to conserve water during the period of extreme heat.

LRT trail in Hopkins.

Police: Suspect assaulted woman on LRT trail in Hopkins

They're asking for the public's help tracking him down.

Screen Shot 2021-06-12 at 7.50.02 AM

Former WCCO reporter Mary McGuire joins FOX 9

She'll be reporting in a freelance role with the FOX affiliate.

Matt Shoemaker

Matt Shoemaker removed from rotation, fits in with Twins bullpen

The right-hander allowed two ninth-inning runs in a 6-4 loss to Houston.

1200 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 2019

1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting outside funeral in Minneapolis

The funeral was for one of two people killed in the shooting outside a Minneapolis nightclub in May.

Screen Shot 2020-05-29 at 1.51.13 PM

Darnella Frazier awarded Pulitzer Prize special citation for George Floyd video

She was just 17 when she filmed George Floyd's murder at 38th and Chicago.

MN Food Truck Festival 3 jpg

MN Food Truck Festival returns with events in St. Paul, Anoka

Organizers promise 50-plus food trucks at each festival - including some newcomers.

Brian Mock body cam screengrab from charges - 2021.06.11

Charges: MN man bragged he 'beat the s**t' out of cops in Capitol riot

He was one of two suspects arrested in Minnesota and charged Friday.

Screen Shot 2021-04-01 at 3.30.32 PM

$23 a month for Bally Sports North? It could happen, per report

There is a way to circumnavigate the system already ... but it's kind of naughty.

Keisa Lange

4th suspect arrested in death of woman found along St. Cloud road; 3 others charged

Keisa Lange was found dead on the side of a quiet cul de sac from a gunshot.


Man indicted for 1st degree murder over grandparents' deaths

He's accused of strangling and suffocating the elderly pair.