Martin County man pleads not guilty to murder & other charges

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A Martin County man pleads not guilty to murder, DUI, and other charges.

38 year old Sherman Doug Perry appeared in court for the first time since being accused of killing Fred Marcum on Saturday.

“The police investigators who were first to the wreck scene testified Perry admitted he had taken drugs the day of the crash,” Jerry Patton said.

Sherman Doug Perry went before a judge to answer to murder and other charges.

“My client is innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This case is at an early stage,” Patton said.

Police say Doug Perry crossed the center line on Highway 2032 and crashed head on into a pick-up truck, killing 40 year old Fred Marcum and severely injuring Robin Perry.

“Observing Mr. Perry, we observed residue in both sides of his nostrils and also on his tongue. It indicated, the residue in his nostrils, indicated he was inhaling prescription medication,” Detective Richard Russell said.

Investigators say Perry told them he had prescriptions for Loracet, Xanax, and muscle relaxers.

“He stated he had taken Loracet and Xanax. I asked when the last time he smoked marijuana, he said that morning,” Detective Russell said.

Perry's family members in court did not want to talk on camera, but said they were sorry for Marcum's death.

“Obviously everyone is very sympathetic to the loss that the Marcum family has suffered. My client is upset at the entire situation,” Patton said.

The judge reduced Perry's bond to $250,000 cash.

The case was sent to the grand jury.

State police say their accident reconstruction investigation is ongoing.

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