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A 70-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed his daughter in May was deemed competent to stand trial after a psychiatric evaluation.
According to Valley News, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Matthew Gaskins determined that James Perry Jr. was suffering from delusions, but could still cooperate in a trial. Gaskins wrote in evaluating him: “Perry has a sufficient factual and rational understanding of his current charges and has the ability to assist his defense attorney in preparing a defense.”
Gaskins wrote: “While he continues to endorse delusional beliefs, they did not prevent him from arguing his case intelligently and accurately, including the evidence likely to be used against him.”
Perry’s defense team said Wednesday they “want to take another look at the competition” as he is “being evaluated.”
Perry allegedly shot and killed his 38-year-old daughter Karina Rheaume in May when she went to visit him and brought him some food and cookies, according to Valley News. Perry reportedly told investigators that he took his shotgun and hid behind a pillar when he saw his daughter walking down the driveway.
The Caledonian Record reports that Perry told Rheaume “stop, stop, stop” as she headed toward the house.
According to an affidavit cited by Valley News, Perry told investigators, “I’ve been stressed out for a couple of weeks and I guess I pulled the trigger.” In addition to shooting her, he allegedly cut her throat with a razor.
He reportedly told officers that he shot Rheaume “point blank”.
Rheaume’s boyfriend, Troy Brock, went looking for her at Perry’s house, and Perry allegedly told Brock that she was dead and that “if she took one step closer to her, she would be dead too.”
Perry reportedly surrendered to authorities after a hours-long standoff. He reportedly said he thought people were playing “gun games” with him and believed Rheaume was “being used as a tactic to allow these unknown people into his residence,” Valley News reports, citing the affidavit. .
According to the affidavit, Perry “believed his family and his neighbors were going to kill him, and had told them not to go to his residence in the days leading up to May 3.”
He reportedly began to “feel suspicions that someone was trying to harm him” around the time of the January 6 insurrection.
Perry has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and reckless danger, according to Valley News. He is being held at the Southern State Correctional Center without bail.