Twenty-three-year-old Kevin Perry of Laurens is being held at the Otsego County Jail without bail while he awaits a felony hearing.
Perry was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his parents, 59-year-old Timothy Perry and 52-year-old Solveige Perry, in the town of Laurens on Tuesday night.
Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin says the couple’s daughter, who is in her 20s, found her parents deceased at their home at 400 New Road and called 911. Police then put out a statewide “be on the lookout” alert for a car that was missing from the scene, and Scoharie County sheriff’s deputies spotted the car on I-88. A chase and then car crash ensued, and Kevin Perry was taken into custody.
The Otsego County district attorney said today that authorities believe Perry killed his parents with a shotgun. Authorities are investigating whether or not alcohol and/or drugs were involved in the double murder.
“We’re certainly going to look into that and keep an open mind to see if that was part of it,” said Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl. “Right now, there’s no indication of that, but we’re not saying that isn’t a part of it.”
Perry met with his attorney in Oneonta Town Court today, and due to a conflict, the court is assigning him another attorney. Perry’s felony hearing has not yet been scheduled.