Convicted murderer dead

Published 7:11 pm Thursday, December 6, 2012



A convicted murderer is dead and another man shot after a “domestic gone wrong” Thursday in Loango.

Sheriff Dennis Meeks said deputies responded to the home on Palmer Lane just after 1 p.m. after a man, later identified as 68-year-old Gerald Palmer, called 911 and said he’d been shot.

In a matter of minutes, law enforcement and medical personnel made their way up the nearly-mile-long dirt drive to the wood frame cabin, located south of Red Level, where they found Palmer and 54-year-old Catherine M. Symanowski lying just inside the front door.

Symanowski, a resident of Padgett Road in Andalusia, was pronounced dead.

“Both individuals were suffering from gunshot wounds,” he said. “(Palmer) was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds from what appeared to be a small caliber handgun. I can’t say how many.”

Palmer was transported to Andalusia Regional Hospital for treatment, and investigators are still trying to determine the reason for the shooting, Meeks said.

They did not classify the matter of Symanowski’s death, but Chief Deputy David Anderson described the scene as a “domestic gone wrong.”

Cynthia Dillard of the state probation and parole board said Symanowski was convicted in a Randolph County court in 1989 of murder. Victim information was not readily available, Dillard said.

Symanowski was paroled in February 2002, she said.

“All I can say is she never violated her parole; paid all of court costs and completed 10 years of parole successfully,” Dillard said.