Suspect's girlfriend charged in connection with Red Roof Inn incident

Thursday, October 15, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Police found about a quarter-pound of marijuana in the car that two suspects in a homicide last week were using to flee Columbia, according to court documents.

The Oct. 8 death of 26-year-old Nicole Crumby has been linked to a marijuana deal gone wrong. Police could not be reached for comment on whether the drugs in the car were involved in the deal.

According to a probable cause statement filed in the 13th Circuit Court for Boone County, Crumby and Blake Logan were meeting at the Red Roof Inn so that Logan could purchase marijuana. Logan, 18, told his brother that after a disagreement with Crumby, he attempted to take the drugs from her and “the gun went off.”

Crumby was pronounced dead shortly after 8:45 that night in the motel’s parking lot at 201 E. Texas Ave. She suffered a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Logan has been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. He was being held at the Boone County Jail on $1 million bond.

Logan’s girlfriend, 19-year-old Nicole Palmer, has been charged with hindering prosecution and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. She was being held at the jail on $25,000 bond.  

The two lived together on Millbrook Drive off Scott Boulevard and were former neighbors of Crumby, according to court documents.

An hour after Crumby’s death, at about 9:45 p.m., Boone County Sheriff’s Department deputies located a white Chevrolet Impala at the Midway Travel Plaza west of Columbia. Inside were Logan and Palmer, and the car was registered in her name.

Logan and Palmer called family and friends after the homicide and told them there was an emergency and that they were leaving town, according to court documents. Police believe the two were fleeing.

Palmer’s hindering prosecution charge is the result of providing Logan with transportation. Police do not believe she was present at the time of the homicide, which was recorded by security cameras at the motel.

Palmer told police in an interview that she was asleep at her apartment when Logan woke her and told her he had hit something with the car.

According to court documents, detectives found a spent 9mm casing in the back seat of the car and a packed suitcase in the trunk. Also in the back seat were Palmer’s purse and a clear, quart-size Ziploc bag containing approximately 113 grams of marijuana. A scale was bundled in a red coat.

The car also appeared to have red paint on it, which police believe came from a red vehicle struck in the motel parking lot.

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