ZPD on Quick Arrest of Homicide Suspect

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – A Zanesville man is scheduled to be arraigned this week in connection with the shooting death of his wife.

Zanesville police say 21-year-old Martisa Palmer was found shot to death at a home on Pershing Road around 3:20 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. Hours later ZPD arrested her husband 24-year-old Dustin Cox and charged him with one count of murder with a gun specification and one count of tampering with evidence. Chief Tony Coury said that information from local residents played a key role in the investigation.

“Our detective bureau worked relentlessly to positively identify the suspect, they got the information out to the patrol units, the patrol units started searching the area,” Chief Coury said. “We were able to get this person off the street in approximately 12 hours.”

Chief Coury said taking somebody’s life is one most horrific crimes that a person can commit.

“It makes us proud that the staff here at the Zanesville Police Department dropped everything they had that day and they put 100% effort into solving this crime and when you have a victim lying there I believe it does become about them and we need to bring somebody to justice for what they’ve done,” Chief Coury said.

Cox will be arraigned on the morning of Thursday, January 3rd or Friday the 4th, at the Zanesville Municipal Court. He is currently being held in the Zanesville City Jail on a one million dollar bond.