A grand jury returned a 13-count indictment against Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook on Wednesday. The move essentially means the jury agreed to move forward with all of the charges that were filed last month by State Attorney Marilyn Mosby for the death of cyclist Tom Palermo.
The charges include aggravated manslaughter, as well as DUI and texting while driving. Cook, who is free on bail, allegedly hit Palermo while he was riding in the bike lane in the 5700 block of Roland Ave. She initially left the scene before returning to submit to authorities. A blood alcohol test showed she had a BAC of .22, which is nearly three times the legal limit.
The indictment follows a new revelation from the Episcopal Diocese about Cook’s behavior in the months leading up to the crash. According to a new entry to the Episcopal Diocese’s timeline of events in the case, Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton suspected Cook was inebriated at a private dinner held two days before her formal installment. The incident is not directly connected to the crash or the indictment, but reflects on Cook’s pattern of behavior following her prior DUI conviction.
The timeline states as follows:
September: Bishop Sutton suspects that Cook might be inebriated during a private dinner held two days before the consecration, and conveys concern to Presiding Bishop before rehearsal the next morning (one day before the consecration). Presiding Bishop indicates she will discuss with Cook. Cook consecrated a bishop
Cook is currently in a 28-day treatment facility.
This article was updated at 5 p.m.
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