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Oneonta Town Court

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.

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