Son arrested in woman's fatal stabbing
The Buffalo News
March 14, 2003
by T.J. PIGNATARO, News Staff Reporter
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An argument that exploded Thursday morning ended in the death of an
Amherst woman who was stabbed by her 28-year-old son, police said. The
body of Elli Perkins, 54, was discovered on a bedroom floor of her
home in the 1400 block of Hopkins Road about 10:30 a.m., Amherst
Police Chief John J. Moslow said. She had been stabbed several times
in the chest, police said. An autopsy is being conducted.
Jeremy M. Perkins was arraigned late Thursday before Amherst Town
Justice Geoffrey K. Klein on second-degree murder and weapons
possession charges. A not guilty plea was entered, and Perkins was
ordered to submit to a psychiatric evaluation today. Police were
summoned by an acquaintance of the victim, who entered the house after
she became concerned "something was not right," Moslow said. Jeremy
Perkins was also in the house, submitted to questioning and was
charged with the slaying, Moslow said. The victim's husband, Donald
E. Perkins, was at work at the time of the slaying. Jeremy Perkins
was convicted in 1994 of driving while impaired, in the Town of
Glenn Gramigna of Buffalo, who said he is a close friend of the
family, said Jeremy Perkins developed schizophrenia in the last
year. "He began hearing voices and talking to people who weren't
there, taking long walks. There hadn't been any indication he had ever
been violent," Gramigna said. His parents had been helping their son
cope with the disease through nutrition, vitamins and medical
treatment, he said. "Just to think that someone who was such a
gentle, loving person would meet such a horrible end is just
devastating," Gramigna said. Police remained at the Hopkins Road crime
scene through the afternoon. Yellow tape surrounded the perimeter of
the century-old house.
Mrs. Perkins, originally from the Rochester area, and her husband of
about 30 years operate Glass Art, a glass-painting business.
According to the firm's Web site, Mrs. Perkins attended art school at
Rochester Institute of Technology. Donald Perkins, a contractor, is a
cabinetmaker and carpenter.
The Perkinses also have a married daughter, Gramigna said.
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