For Immediate Release - November 07, 2007

Verdict of guilty of murder of Jennifer Perkins


The Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed the jury's verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree in the shooting death of Jennifer Perkins of Falmouth.

Defendant Leon Stewart alleged nine different issues on appeal including mistakes by the trial judge, by the prosecutor and that his own lawyer was ineffective.

The Supreme Judicial Court rejected all of these claims and further refused to exercise its authority to reduce the verdict from first degree murder to second degree murder.

District Attorney Michael O'Keefe said "This was a particularly tragic case in that instead of Stewart killing his intended target Tony Vaughn, he instead killed this innocent young woman who had a similar vehicle. He will be in prison for the rest of his life."

The case was tried by then First Assistant District Attorney Michael O'Keefe and the appeal was briefed and argued by Assistant District Attorney J. Thomas Kirkman.

     #      #      #