ONEONTA – The felony hearing for the Laurens man accused of shooting and killing his parents took place this morning in the Town of Oneonta Court.
Kevin Perry, 23, is charged with first-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the shooting deaths of his parents, 59-year-old Timothy Perry and 52-year-old Solveig Perry. Authorities say the couple’s daughter found her parents deceased at their home at 400 New Road in Laurens, Otsego County, the night of Dec. 12 and called 911.
Today in court, Judge Sean Farrell decided there is enough evidence to move forward with felony charges against Perry. Many of what appeared to be family and friends were in court this morning as the prosecution called several different witnesses to the stand, including law enforcement officials.
Perry’s sister, Rebecca Perry, was also called as a witness, and she recounted coming home to find her parents dead in their house. She says her children were also home at the time of finding the bodies, and Kevin Perry was not.
Rebecca Perry also said she believes Kevin Perry was intoxicated earlier in the day on Dec. 12, and she recalls hearing him yell at their father.
The defense argued that there isn’t enough circumstantial evidence linking Perry to the crime, but the judge decided there was enough evidence to justify keeping Perry in custody and to proceed forward with the felony charges. The defense called no witnesses to the hearing.
“You connect the dots. We presented the evidence that the defendant was home with his mother and his father and the two young children, and when Rebecca left, those were the only people in the house,” said Michael Getman, chief assistant district attorney.
“Because there was really no evidence presented that says that [Kevin] had his hands on any weapons or that he killed anybody, you know,” said defense attorney Andrew Puritz. “It’s a great tragedy, however you look at it. Two people lost their lives – nobody's making light of that, but there was not one piece of evidence to suggest that it was this young man who did it.”
The defence also attempted to motion that Farrell release Perry on his own recognizance. That motion was also denied.
Law enforcement officials also testified about different parts of the investigation, including the house at 400 New Road and Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown where Perry was eventually taken after crashing the Chevy Colorado truck on I-88.
On the night of the murders, a “be on the lookout” notice was sent out statewide for a car that was missing from the scene, and the vehicle driven by Perry was later spotted on I-88 in Schoharie County. A police pursuit ensued and ended when Perry crashed the car.
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