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Vermont dad accused of murdering daughter

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 12:50 PM EDT|Updated: May. 4, 2021 at 5:10 PM EDT
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NEWBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - A Newbury man is behind bars, accused of killing his daughter. According to court documents, it appears the man’s mental health played a factor in the gruesome murder.

James Perry Jr., 70, of Newbury, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder just 24 hours after allegedly shooting his daughter to death at point-blank range.

The body of Karina Rheaume, 38, also of Newbury, was found outside Perry’s Deerfield Lane home Monday evening.

Crime scene investigators scoured the property Tuesday.

According to court papers, Rheaume went to the home Monday afternoon to check in on her dad and bring him food.

Vermont State Police say Perry first shot his daughter through the front door, then shot her at least once more before stabbing her multiple times.

Several hours later, Rheaume’s boyfriend went to the home looking for her. That’s when investigators say Perry first admitted he killed his daughter.

Police were then called to the scene and after a standoff that lasted several hours, Perry was taken into custody. Police say he again admitted that he shot his daughter.

Court papers state that family members were concerned about Perry’s mental health.

While in custody, Perry told police he was concerned unknown individuals were playing “gun games” with him and he had asked his daughter not to come to his residence.

An autopsy is being performed to determine the exact cause of death. The investigation into the homicide is ongoing.

Perry was ordered held without bail.

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