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.
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“There are still too many questions for which there are no easy answers, and we are filled with anger, bitterness, pain and tears,” Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton wrote in a pastoral letter released Tuesday.
Sutton, the leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, used the letter to reflect on the alleged Dec. 27 hit-and-run crash that killed cyclist Thomas Palermo on Roland Ave. He addresses the circumstances surrounding Heather Cook, the diocese’s Bishop Suffragan, who is currently in jail on charges of vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene, as well as being drunk and texting while driving.
Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook spent the weekend in jail after being charged in connection with the hit-and-run crash that killed bicyclist Thomas Palermo. On Monday, a judge ruled Cook would remain in custody because she is a flight risk, according to the AP.
Bishop Heather Cook to Be Charged with Manslaughter, DUI, Texting in Crash That Killed Thomas Palermo
Episcopal Bishop Heather Elizabeth Cook will be charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence of alcohol and texting while driving in connection with the Dec. 27 crash that killed Thomas Palermo as he was riding his bike on Roland Ave. When police tested her at the district station, Cook had a BAC of .22, said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. In Maryland, the legal limit is .08.