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Girlfriend of man charged in slaying

 
Published Dec. 10, 1998|Updated Sept. 14, 2005

The girlfriend of a man charged with killing his wife in Lake City has been arrested and charged with being an accessory and tampering with evidence.

The body of Donna Lynn Jordan, 30, a nurse, was found Monday morning in her blue Astro van, which was parked at a truck stop on Interstate 75, about 5 miles north of the Alachua County line.

Three days before Jordan's body was discovered, her husband, Roger Steward Harris, reported to deputies that his wife was missing. He told them she left home at 10:15 p.m. Thursday, headed to Wal-Mart and never returned.

Jennifer R. Palmer, 21, of Lake City told detectives that she and Harris, 41, first talked about killing Harris' wife five weeks ago, according to a sworn statement Palmer gave police Monday night after her arrest.

Harris told Palmer about his plan to shoot his wife and make it appear to be suicide so the two "could be together," Palmer's statement said.

The two had been romantically involved for five months, according to Palmer's statement. She said she told Harris' wife about the affair in early August.

After that conversation, Palmer said, Jordan threatened to take the couple's two children and "leave if the affair continued."

Columbia County Sheriff Frank Owens said detectives found what "we believe very possibly to be the murder weapon."

He said it was a "homemade firing device," but did not elaborate further.