… Second trial for defendant accused of killing women in presence of 2 children …
By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun
12:07 PM EDT, April 1, 2011
Kenneth D. Perry, who was found guilty in February of killing two women 12 years ago in the presence of two children — one of them his infant son — was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole, plus 50 years.
As he was led out of the courtroom, he grinned and began humming a tune.
The 45-year-old defendant, notorious for his contentiousness in court, had been convicted in the case once before, in 2001, and given the same sentence, but a judge later determined that a prosecutor failed to turn over crucial materials to the defense. His retrial in Baltimore Circuit Court was punctuated by highly emotional testimony, much of it from the daughter, now 17 years old, of one of the dead women.
The victims were LaShawn Jordan, who had borne Perry a son and in whose Reservoir Hill apartment the murders occurred, and her friend Kelly Bunn, who was pregnant at the time. Prosecutors said that Perry, who has a long criminal history, including an earlier conviction for attacking a woman to whom he was married, shot Jordan in the head because she had ended their relationship and might have begun seeing someone else. Bunn, they said, happened to be staying with Jordan when Perry went to commit the murder, gun in hand.
In sentencing Perry, Judge Stuart R. Berger said that in his 13 years on the bench, he had not seen a more “horrific, callous and senseless act of violence,” and called it “tragic and gratuitous.”
After the sentencing, Donna Webster, Jordan’s mother, said that Perry, who did not apologize for his crimes when given an opportunity to do so, “has to go back to his cell and his solitude and deal with his demons.”
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… Goodbye, Mr. Perry. …