Elmore Co. man pleads guilty in estranged wife's murder

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A man charged with murdering his estranged wife in 2007 has pled guilty.  Dallas Pierce will be sentenced in April.  He admitted to killing Patricia Pierce at their home in Millbrook.

Cleve Palmore carries a picture of his sister in his wallet every day.

"When I look at the picture, I just see a beautiful girl, a beautiful young lady," said Cleve Palmore, Patricia Pierce's brother.  "Dreams were cut short.  College, she had a degree, everything…all of it was cut short."

In January of 2007, police say Dallas Pierce shot Patricia Pierce and then himself inside their home on Grandview Avenue in Millbrook.  Patricia pierce died later at a hospital, but her estranged husband survived.

"It was shocking, it was a horrible moment," Palmore said.  "It really was, to do that.  We went down there to see what happened to know that he did that, it was just really hard to take."

Dallas Pierce wasn't indicted for 11 months, not until November 2007.  This week, Pierce pleaded guilty to murder.  Palmore questions why the process has taken so long.

"Three years went by, and no justice was served yet about the situation," he said.  "It's just taken too long."

Elmore County District Attorney Randall Houston tells WSFA 12 News Dallas Pierce agreed to a plea agreement.  Houston recommends that Pierce receive life in prison - with parole.

"It's up to us each time parole comes out, to keep him from getting out," Palmore said.  "If that's what we have to do, we will."

It will be up to a judge to make the final determination about Pierce's sentence.  A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 6th.

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