Anthony Joseph Palma, 59, sexually abused and murdered 8-year-old girl, authorities say.
(Midwest City Police Department)
A man convicted in the cold case murder of an 8-year-old girl whose body has never been found, was discovered dead in his Oklahoma prison cell Friday night, according to reports.
The body of Anthony Joseph Palma, 59, was found around 7:30 p.m. by a correctional officer doing a routine check, a report said. The medical staff could not revive him and he was pronounced dead around 8:55 pm
The authorities did not say how he died.
INMATE CONVICTED IN A CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE HAS DIED OF THE INJURIES IN PRISON FIGHT, AUTHORITIES SAY
The researchers suspect that Palma’s cellmate is responsible for his death, the Oklahoman reported. The cellmate was not identified, but where the time for the first degree murder, such as Palma.
Palma de death comes 13 months after he was sent to prison for the death of Kirsten Renee Hatfield.
In 2017, the girl of the family, told the Oklahoman that she had forgiven Palma, and that they pray for him.
“I pray that you one day realize God’s love for you,” Shannon Hare, the mother of the girl told the newspaper.
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The prosecutors said Palma fingering Hatfield from her Midwest City home after she went to bed on May 13, 1997, and sexually assaulted her. He lived two doors down from her and had not moved at the time of his October, 2015 arrest.
New DNA testing linked him to blood found on Hatfield’s bedroom window sill and her underwear was discovered in her backyard.