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Double homicide

Laurens Homicide Sent To Grand Jury

Laurens Homicide

Sent To Grand Jury

Defense attorney Andrew Puritz argued that the evidence in the first degree murder case against his client, Kevin Perry, was circumstantial. Town Justice Sean Farrell denied the request and referred the case to the grand jury (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

ONEONTA – Arguing on behalf of his client, Kevin Perry, defense attorney Andrew Puritz told Town Justice Sean Farrell that Perry, accused of the murders of his parents, Timothy A. Perry, 59, and Solveig E. Perry, 52, on Tuesday, Dec, 12, should be released on his own  recognizance.

“The evidence tying him to the crime is thin, circumstantial evidence,” he said during the 75-minute felony hearing in Oneonta Town Court this morning. “No one saw him in possession of the gun relative to the time of death. We were told by hearsay that he was found in the red Chevy Colorado, but no witness testified that he was operating it. And even if we take it as evidence that he was driving, there is no evidence presented here that he fired the fatal shot.”

“What?” came a reaction from the audience of family and friends of the deceased.

Son Charged With Killing Parents




Kevin Perry, 23, was arrested and charged with the murder of his parents. He was arraigned this morning in the Town of Oneonta court. (Ian Austin/

By IAN AUSTIN • Special to

ONEONTA – A 23-year-old man in is custody, charged with the slaying of his parents at the home they shared in Laurens.

Christmas ornaments decorate the home where Kevin lived with his parents on New Road, Laurens, (Ian Austin/

Kevin Perry, 23, allegedly shot his parents, Tim and Solveige Perry, last night at their home at 400 New Road in Laurens. Following a 911 call from a relative who allegedly found the two deceased in the home, the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department dispatched deputies to the scene.

A “Be On The Lookout” order was issued by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department, and Schoharie County sheriff’s deputies spotted the son’s truck, a Red Chevy Colorado, headed eastbound on I-88, and, following a high-speed chase, Perry’s vehicle overturned at Exit 23 and he was apprehended.

Double Homicide Suspect In Custody After I-88 Crash

Double-Slaying Suspect Taken

Into Custody After I-88 Crash

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

SCHOHARIE – The suspect in last night’s double homicide in Laurens was taken into custody following a crash on I-88 in Schoharie, according to Sheriff Tony Desmond.

According to Desmond, sheriff’s deputies received a “Be On The Lookout” alert for a red Chevy Colorado pickup truck from the Otsego County Sheriff’s department. Deputies stationed near Richmondville saw a truck matching the description headed eastbound on I-88 and began to follow. After confirming the license plate matched the one in the alert, deputies allegedly attempted to pull over the suspect, who then sped up and a chase ensued.

Suspect Detained in Laurens Double Homicide

Suspect Detained in

Laurens Double Homicide

LAURENS – Otsego County Sheriffs have detained a suspect in a double homicide in the Town of Laurens last night.

Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. said that a relative of the deceased called 911 at 8:49 p.m. to report that they had found two adult family members dead inside their residence.  Devlin declined to specify the age, gender or relationship of the deceased.

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