Affidavit: Man admits to woman he killed neighbor, hid body

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Published: Jun. 6, 2019 at 1:31 PM CDT
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According to an arrest affidavit, a woman told a Temple police detective a Central Texas man admitted to killing his neighbor and dumping the body.

One woman said on May 26 she heard Palmer Grant Contreras call a man and asked him to help get rid of neighbor Tommy Glen Herbert’s body, the affidavit said.

The court document states that on May 29, a Temple police officer received a call from a man saying his father was missing and suspected he was in danger and that he found his father’s truck near Interstate 35 the day before.

A second woman named in the affidavit told a TPD detective they went to check on Herbert at his home the previous two days but he was not there, according to the document.

The affidavit continues, the woman also said when she spoke to Contreras on the May 28, he told her he had killed Herbert, dumped his body and needed helping hiding the man’s truck.

She also said she saw Contreras leave in his truck and saw another man get into Herbert’s truck and drive away, the affidavit states.

Later that day (May 28) “she observed Tommy’s black pick-up truck on I-35 near Temple High School,” the document said.

Temple police will be holding a press conference at 2 p.m. to discuss the case.

Contereras remained in the Bell County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $150,000.

He is charged with tampering/fabricating evidence and an unknown offense, according to online jail records.