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January 8, 2013

Sword used in fatal attack in Muskogee

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — April Perry, one of two victims in Friday’s double shooting, was also attacked with a sword, prosecutors said in court Monday.

The two men arrested in the case — Robert Luis Guerra Jr. and Ryan Shawn Johnson —  appeared in court for the first time Monday. Both were ordered held without bond and are officially listed as material witnesses, although Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore said in court that Guerra, 35, would likely be charged with first-degree murder.

Moore said the expected charges for Johnson, 21, would likely be read at 3 p.m. today in court.

April Perry, 22, and her husband, Darrell Perry, 52, were shot Friday afternoon in a  mobile home park at 2405 N. 32nd St. Both were flown to a Tulsa hospital. April Perry died Saturday, Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office investigator Faye Banks said. Investigator Bert Poole said Darrell Perry “is alive right now.”

During the hearing, Moore told Special District Judge Robin Adair that each of the  Perrys was shot twice, and that April Perry was stabbed twice from behind with a sword. She also suffered a gash to the head after she was struck with the sword, Moore said.

In addition to a possible first-degree murder charge, Guerra could face charges of:

• First-degree robbery.

• Larceny of an automobile.

• Possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony.

• Possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

• Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Poole said Guerra was found in a blue Dodge Neon that belonged to the Perrys. Moore said Guerra was found to be in possession of a .22-caliber handgun, and that .22-caliber shells were found inside the Perrys’ mobile home.

The sword Guerra allegedly used is in the sheriff’s office possession, Poole said.

“It’s being sent to the (Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation) for testing,” he said.

Neighbors said a man had been living with the Perrys recently, and Poole said the man’s name had come up in the investigation.

“There are still some people we need to talk to in this,” he said. “Still some loose ends to tie up.”

As for a possible motive to the attack, Poole said Guerra had alleged that Darrell Perry had taken some items from him.

“It’s safe to say there was property he said that was taken,” Poole said. “Enough property to anger (Guerra.)”

Monica Reece, who said she knew both Perrys, described April Perry as a very helpful person and said she knew Darrell Perry as an extremely hard worker.

“(April Perry) was always so kind and helpful,” Reece said. “She would help anyone who needed it. She had lots of friends that enjoyed her company. I know I did.”

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Goforth is a writer for Muskogee Phoenix.

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