Commonwealth Journal

February 8, 2014

Man charged in murder plot has probation revoked

by Heather Tomlinson
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — A Somerset man facing allegations that he planned to take a 16-year-old girl from her home and kill her family had his probation from an unrelated case revoked this week.

Steven Matthew Perry, 20, of North Ky. 1247, Somerset, appeared before Pulaski Circuit Court Judge David A. Tapp on Friday. Tapp opted to revoke Perry’s five-year-probation, stemming from a Jan. 2013 conviction of third-degree burglary and felony theft by unlawful taking, in light of his most recent charges.

Perry was indicted in October 2013 by a Pulaski County grand jury on one count of attempted kidnapping, three counts of attempted murder, one count of solicitation to commit kidnapping, one count of solicitation to commit murder, and six counts of being a persistent felony offender.

The indictment alleges that Perry planned to kill three different victims through his plan to “rescue” the 16-year-old girl from her home. Investigators confirmed that the plan included details on killing the 16-year-old’s parents and her sister.

An investigation began in early September 2013 after one of Perry’s friends told detectives that Perry had drafted plans detailing his desires to “rescue” a 16-year-old female from her parents’ residence and “neutralize” the 16-year-old’s family in the process.

The friend went to the police after Perry allegedly approached him and asked for help in carrying out the plot. Perry’s request that his friend help with the plan led to the solicitation to commit murder and kidnapping charges.

Detectives examined documents provided to them by the acquaintance, identified in court documents as Larry Calhoun, and they found “a list of steps the suspect would take as well as a list of items needed to carry out the plan,” according to Lt. Det. Brett Whitaker, with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The documents included print-outs of the 16-year-old victim’s home from Google Maps, a written diagram of the victim’s residence and street, and photos of the victim and her family members.

“There were also writings suggesting the suspect would kill the parents and family pets in order to get the child out of the home,” Whitaker said in a press release.

Whitaker said detectives discovered that Perry met the 16-year-old girl through the social networking site Facebook, and later at the Pulaski County Fair. Perry allegedly developed an infatuation with the girl.

“Detectives also learned (Perry) had been diagnosed and treated for mental problems, which apparently played a part in his infatuation with this child,” Whitaker said in the press release.

Detectives got a search warrant for Perry’s address on North Ky. 1247 and allegedly discovered several items listed on Perry’s list of things needed for the plan, including tents, sleeping bags, camp clothing, and other survival items.

No weapons were found during the search.

The names of the 16-year-old girl and her family have not been released.