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Judge finds probable cause in felony case of Quincy woman charged in shooting of husband

Amanda Perry
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 25, 2017 4:40 pm Updated: Jul. 25, 2017 4:52 pm

QUINCY -- A judge on Tuesday found probable cause to continue with felony charges against a Quincy woman accused of shooting her husband in the face this month.

Judge Debra Wellborn ordered Amanda A. Perry, 34, to return to court at 8:45 a.m. Aug. 1 to face arraignment on multiple felony charges in connection with the shooting.

Perry remains in the Adams County Jail on $250,000 bond.

Perry is accused of shooting Michael Perry, 43, in the right eye with a 9 mm handgun about 5:15 p.m. July 5 while the two were in the living room of their home at 1135 Vermont.

During Tuesday's preliminary hearing in Adams County Circuit Court, Detective Kevin Taute of the Quincy Police Department testified that Amanda Perry gave conflicting information to officers after the shooting.

Under questioning from Josh Jones, the lead trial attorney for the Adams County state's attorney's office, Taute said Perry claimed the pistol discharged accidentally as she was inserting a magazine into the gun with her finger on the trigger. However, she also told officers at one point that the gun was always kept loaded because she and her husband were concerned about prowlers.

Taute said he also interviewed Michael Perry at a hospital in St. Louis two days after the shooting. Taute said Michael Perry also contended that the shooting was an accident. But upon further questioning by Taute, Michael Perry told him that the gun was always kept loaded and that the shooting happened shortly after he and his wife had an argument about finances.

Taute said Michael Perry told his wife she might have to get a job to help pay bills. She then "got irritated" and stormed upstairs, throwing things around and yelling, Taute testified.

Michael Perry told Taute that he tried to ignore his wife when she came back downstairs by acting as if he were taking a nap with his eyes closed. That's when he suddenly heard the gun go off, "and he felt the pain in his face," Taute said.

The detective said that early in his investigation, he discovered that Amanda Perry had been convicted of battery in 2014 after she stabbed Michael Perry in the abdomen with a knife. While interviewing Michael Perry after the July 5 shooting, Taute asked about the 2014 stabbing and he said Perry told him "she stabbed him on purpose."

Taute was the only witness called during the preliminary hearing.

Perry faces charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, a Class X felony; aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony; aggravated domestic battery, a Class 2 felony; aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony; and reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony.

If convicted, the Class X felony alone carries a possible sentence of six to 30 years in prison.

Amanda Perry was represented at the hearing by public defender Amber Davis.

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