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  • Writer's pictureSarah Turney

Katie Palmer

Updated: Dec 10, 2021

This case is unlike any other I’ve discussed on this show so far. On April 21st, 2020, Katie Palmer and her husband John Palmer were struck by a motorist named Cory Foster. They both sustained some horrible injuries and unfortunately Katie ended up passing away early the next morning.

At the scene an officer with known ties to Cory Foster stated several times that he could smell alcohol on him. Cory denied drinking that morning and passed a field sobriety test. However, he did have alcohol in his system and did admit that he was not able to see out of his windshield when he struck John and Katie adding that he should not have been driving. It’s been almost two years and Cory Foster has faced no legal consequences for his actions.

Our call to action is reaching out to the Grayson County District Attorney's Office at 903-813-4361. You can also email Kerye Ashmore directly at

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Shoutout to Eric Carter Landin at The True Consequences Podcast for introducing me to Katie's case.

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Additional resources were provided by the Palmer family.

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“Manslaughter.” Legal Information Institute, Legal Information Institute,

Phillips, Jen. “One Year after Denison Teacher's Death, ‘Justice for Katie Palmer’ Movement Continues.” Https://,

Rangel, Lauren. “New DPS Body Camera Footage from Day Katie Palmer Was Hit.” Https://,

Rogers, Mike. “Christmas Light Project Honoring Denison Teacher Killed in Crash.” Https://,

Rogers, Mike. “Family of Denison School Teacher Killed in Car Crash Voice Support for 'Colton's Law'.” Https://,

Rogers, Mike. “Katie Palmer Project Raises $4,500 for Christmas Lights for Families.” Https://,

Smith, Stan. “Denison Teacher Killed in an April Car Crash Still Able to Help Others after Her Passing.” Https://,

Staff Writer. “No Indictment in Wreck That Killed Denison Teacher.” Herald Democrat, Herald Democrat, 19 Aug. 2020,

Staff, KXII. “Grand Jury Declines Indictment in Death of Denison Teacher.” Https://,

Toler, Carol. “Firefighter Dustin Bortzfield Creates Katie Palmer Project to Hang Christmas Lights for Families Enduring Hardship and Loss.” Lake Highlands, 23 Oct. 2020,

Turney, Sarah. “Interview with John Palmer.” 15 August 2021.

Varghese, Benson. “What Is a Grand Jury and How Does the Process Work in Texas?” Varghese Summersett PLLC, Varghese Summersett PLLC Https://, 14 Oct. 2021,

Whiteley, Jerrie. “Petition Filed to Remove Grayson County Judge.” Herald Democrat, Herald Democrat, 2 Dec. 2021,


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