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POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) – A man accused of murdering his wife, and then creating an elaborate cover-up, will remain behind bars.

During his first appearance, a judge ordered 51-year-old Patrick Palmer be held without bond in the death of his wife Sherryl Palmer.

On April 14th, witnesses reported hearing gunshots at the couple’s home on NE 24th Avenue in Pompano Beach.

In the following days, several people attempted to contact Sherryl, who owned the popular Chit Chat bar on Federal Highway, but she was nowhere to be found.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office was finally contacted to do a welfare check at the Palmers’ home.

Upon entering the home on April 17th, deputies found blood in several rooms.

Patrick Palmer was lying on the bed and bleeding from injuries to his arms. He was taken to the hospital.

BSO says they believe the wounds were self inflicted.

Sherryl’s body was found wrapped in tarps near what looked like a shallow grave. The sheriff’s office said she had been shot twice in the head.

Dental records were used to confirm her identity on April 20th. The medical examiner ruled Sherrly’s death a homicide.

Sherryl Palmer’s distraught sister was present at Patrick Palmer’s bond hearing Wednesday.

Micki McCarthy said she had to be there “to be strong for my sister and honor her and to make sure she is heard.”

Through tears McCarthy said,

“She was my everything and now she’s gone,” McCarthy said through tears. “The outpouring of love is appreciated so much. I’m hurting for her friends and her Chit Chat family who loved her so much.”

Chit Chat’s remains closed and flowers and notes are at the door in Sherryl’s memory.

A longtime friend of the couple said he can’t believe Patrick Palmer is in jail.

“Knowing Pat, in your wildest dreams you would never believe he would ever hurt Sherry,” the friend said.

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