Kelly Rothwell

Kelly Rothwell
Much Loved Sister, Daughter, Friend

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

David Perry to Face Judge Latham, District Attorney Brooks Baker at 2 PM Wednesday in Steuben County, N.Y.

David Perry rolls the dice again today at 2 PM when he faces Judge Joseph Latham of Steuben County to answer a second set of charges of Grand larceny. Initially given a bail of $100,000 cash and a $200,000 bond on his property, Perry appeared at his arraignment last Tuesday after his arrest by New York State troopers and assisted by the West Elmira PD at his home in Elmira, NY. But he stopped the proceedings and insisted on hiring an attorney before the arraignment was finished. So Perry has sat in jail for over a week, waiting for his day in court.

This SHOULD be getting to feel like “old hat” for Perry, as this is his second arrest for Felony Grand Larceny charges; the first time was in June of last year, when he was arrested in Broome County on the same set of charges. Then Perry used his home on West Church Street in Elmira as collateral for the bail bond. Now it has come to light that he was also served with asset forfeiture papers; his assets are supposed to be frozen and his car, home and motorcycle seized. One wonders how he could possible even get out of jail, even if his present bond is reduced; since the home he lived in was seized as an asset, shouldn’t that make his first bail revocable, as it was used to secure his bond? And if he got out tomorrow, would Broome County take another shot at him and put him back in THEIR jail?

Perry was trying to sell his house; indeed there was a rumor that a contract was imminent. Now there is a big bond on the home and his shiny new car, bought with cash, as well as his motorcycle, should all become part of those assets being frozen, as well as his bank accounts in several counties.

So where will Perry GET the money to buy a lawyer for his arraignment tomorrow? Rumors were swirling that his (ex) wife Melissa Walker was to have been back in his life and that she might be the one to bail him out. Certainly she has denied this in posts to this blog. Indeed, I received one this afternoon; it was in response to someone asked for her to give an antique diamond ring back to the Rothwell family. Here is what she said:

“Dave did not give that ring to me, nor did I ever see such a ring or any other for that matter. Of course I would have returned it to her family. I would have gone to detective Bailey If I had received it. I would have gone to detective Bailey had Dave behaved suspiciously or given me any information about this case. This is something I can promise you. Dave would know this because he knows the type of person I am.
Thank you all for your encouraging words and prayers. I will not return to Dave.
I have a couple words about my sister. She has been going through a lot lately. I think her health matters may be contributing to her actions. My sister and I are not the concern here. This is about Kelly. She is in my thoughts and prayers. Her family and friends are in my prayers.”
Melissa Walker

One wonders what can be going on … will she show up in court tomorrow? Does he have stacks of money hidden somewhere that he can use to bail himself out? Anyone who helps him will become suspect, I believe, as authorities would want to know the origin of any money used for bail.

Stay tuned for updates on the case as they become available.

David Perry, the only suspect in the case of missing Police cadet Kelly Rothwell was arrested last Tuesday on Felony Grand Larceny charges stemming from an alleged injury at work. Perry, who worked at the Elmira Correctional Facility, in Elmira, NY, claimed to have been hurt during an altercation with an inmate in October of 2003. He began receiving work Comp benefits and his pension from the State of New York in 2005. He was originally arrested in June of last year in Broome County of Felony Grand Larceny charges for receiving those benefits while kite surfing, running , kayaking and biking his way through Florida and New York.

I have Comment Moderator on this blog, and no one can see comments left for or by another until I publish them personally. Melissa, I know you’re reading the blogs I’m posting; send me a comment and a way to get a hold of you. It seems that you’ve been answering people’s questions here, so why not here? Tell your side of the story so people can understand it. Let me know.... as I said, anything you write in here is private until I publish it and I am the ONLY one with access to the blog.

One can only hope that David Perry will continue to sit in a dirty, dank jail cell AFTER tomorrow‘s proceedings.

Now THAT would be justice…

Meanwhile, Kelly Rothwell is still missing…...

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  1. I wait with baited breath, hoping to hear that he stays in county jail until trial, then NYSDOCS Reception issues him a nice ID# to call his own...ahhh. See Dave, it IS possible for you to truly make a female happy! hahaha. :)

  2. This is much good information you have written and it is encouraging to know that Melissa's plans are to stay away from him. She is right, this is about Kelly but there is plenty of concern for Melissa too because nobody wants her to become a victim !! Every little piece that is put together helps to answer questions that may be able to bring Perry in. Even the smallest detail could create some kind of evidence that will enable Florida to arrest Perry. Keep writing Leigh because unlike many of the news sources out there that seem to filter information from one source to another until it bends the way of inaccuracy, you definately know what you are doing !! Good work !! And Melissa, you stay strong !!



David Perry mug shot