Case of man accused of killing his mother to be referred to Attorney General’s Office
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The case of a man accused of killing his own mother has been referred to the Attorney General’s Office, according to a Tweet from Governor Andy Beshear.
“The Commonwealth’s Attorney wants to honor the wishes of the Perkins family, and the Governor agrees,” the post states. “They will be referring the case to the Attorney General’s Office.”
In response to the post, the spokesman for the Perkins family, Mike Russell, said:
“The Perkins family is very appreciative of the Commonwealth’s assistance for the last 5+ years in our case. We look forward to working with the Kentucky Attorney General to bring justice to our terrible situation. The family would like to wholeheartedly thank the community that has rallied around us showing all of their love, prayers and support.”
The Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerina Whethers said their office personally met with the Perkins family to discuss all options that have been considered.
“After 5 years of court hearings, pleadings, petitions, and exhausting all avenues that the law will allow, we will honor the wishes of the Perkins Family to send the case to the Attorney General for consideration,” Whethers said in a statement.
Gavin Perkins was twice found incompetent to stand trial for the murder of his mother, Ruth Perkins, back in 2018.
Perkins was placed in a state institution, but his family said he could be released due to loopholes in Kentucky Revised Statutes 202A and 202C.
The news of the case to be referred to the Attorney General’s Office comes after the petition to medically hold Perkins was denied.
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