David Perry, the only suspect in the disappearance and probable murder of his then-girlfriend St. Petersburg Police Cadet KellyRothwell appeared in a bail hearing before Judge Martin Smith in Broome County,New York court this morning.
Perry, transported from the Steuben County Jail where he is currently being held on almost identical Fraud and Larceny charges as Broome County, appeared with his attorney John Scanlon in the Broome County courtroom.Perry is charged in Broome County on charges of Felony Grand Larceny and Insurance Fraud related to a Workman’s Comp claim of injury while he was a Corrections Officer at the Elmira Correctional Facility in Elmira, New York. He is charged in Steuben County because the New York State Pension Fund deposited his Pension fund checks at a bank there.
The charges stem from Broome County because Perry has been collecting Work Comp benefits, which are paid out by the New York State Insurance Fund, where the NY State Insurance fund is located. He was arrested on those charges last June, made bond and was living in his house at 1708 West Church Street in Elmira.
The State of New York re-arrested Perry on Felony Grand Larceny and Fraud charges related to the Pension Fund on March 13, 2012, a year and a day after Kelly Rothwell went missing in Florida after she tried to break up with him.
Last month, Perry was arrested again, in the Steuben County jail, for a jail fight that sent an inmate to the hospital with serious head injuries. Perry was charged with Felony Assault and is awaiting trial for that charge as well.
Citing that assault charge as proof of Perry’s violation of his bail stipulations, Judge Smith formally revoked Perry’s Broome County bail. Perry was transported back to Steuben where he waits for his trial for the Pension Fund and Felony Assault charges. After that trial ends, said the judge, Perry will be transported back to Broome County where he will sit in jail until those charges are answered to as well.
Judge Smith told the court that a trial is scheduled for the next 90 days. It was unclear if he was talking about the Broome County or the Steuben cases.
This is the same Judge Martin Smith who allowed Perry to travel to Hawaii last year to visit his now-wife Melissa Walker. They are still married.
Either way, David Perry will NOT be going anywhere anytime soon.
Meanwhile, Kelly Rothwell will be missing one year and two months tomorrow. It’s time to bring her home and her killer to justice.
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