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New Twist in Palmer Murder Case

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YAKIMA, Wash - The murder case of 61-year-old Charles Palmer of Yakima, takes a new turn.  Palmer was found dead in his home Wednesday, tied-up with a knife in his head.  Later that night, police arrested 50-year-old Mark Huey of Yakima, who later confessed to detectives he murdered Palmer after Palmer made a sexual advance at him.

Palmer's former co-worker has come forward claiming Palmer could still be alive today if his former employer listened to a warning.

Jerry Lawler, used to work with Palmer at Frito-Lay three years ago.  He says in 2006 Palmer tried to make sexual advances towards him at Palmer's home.  Claims similar to the ones Huey told detectives.  Lawler says he told his bosses after the incident and says they didn't listen or do anything about it. 

"If Frito-Lay would've responded to what happened to me, unwanted sexual advances, maybe Cap would be alive today," says Lawler.

Cap is a nickname for Palmer. 

Nobody at Frito-Lay could be reached to speak about this incident.