Man Guilty Of Stabbing Woman, Killing Her Boyfriend

CROWN POINT, Ind. (STMW) — Lake Superior Court jurors deliberated about three hours before convicting a Gary, Ind. man in a stabbing incident that killed one man and seriously wounded his fiancée last year.

Andre Perry, 28, was convicted of murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery, battery and residential entry in the death of Maurice Downs, 39, and the attempted murder of Cathy Vlamos, who identified Perry as the man who stabbed her in the neck and side. Downs was stabbed and his throat slashed on April 13 outside the couple’s apartment at 2460 Waverly Drive in the Westbrook complex in Gary.

Sentencing is March 8. Perry faces from 45 to 65 years for murder and 20 to 50 years for attempted murder, which Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. could impose consecutively because there were two victims.

In closing arguments, deputy prosecutors Sabrina Haney and Monica Rogina reviewed evidence for the six-woman, six-man jury.

Two days before the homicide, Perry showed up at the couple’s apartment angry that Downs had wrecked Perry’s car. Perry wanted Downs to repair the damage at no charge. During the argument, Vlamos called police, and Perry was told to leave the apartment.

Two days later, testimony showed that Perry and two other men went to the apartment. Perry lured Downs outside, where a struggle ensued.

A witness described Perry standing behind Downs, whom he had in a chokehold. The witness reported seeing a man with a cigarette hanging from his mouth make a stabbing motion toward Downs. Shortly thereafter, two men kicked in the apartment door. Perry cut the phone cord, moved Vlamos’ hair aside and stabbed her three times in the neck and once in the side. The two men ransacked her bedroom. Vlamos’ harrowing 911 call was played for the jury.

Defense attorney Alex Woloshansky argued Perry’s description by the officer who saw him two days before the homicide didn’t match his client, who is 5 feet 8 inches and had a neatly trimmed goatee on April 10.

The officer described Perry as about 6 feet 1 inch and 260 pounds with a scruffy beard. “You can cut a beard off in one day but you can’t grow a beard in one day,” Woloshansky told jurors.

In addition, Woloshansky questioned DNA evidence that showed a mixture of his client’s DNA and Downs’ DNA on a knife handle.

Woloshansky, who brought a former Lew Wallace classmate, biochemist Charles Birdwell of San Diego, Calif., to explain the DNA analysis, argued that Perry’s DNA could have been transferred by Downs after he drove Perry’s car and then touched the knife handle.

The small amount of Perry’s DNA found in that one section of the DNA strand could point to a secondary transfer, Birdwell said.

Haney recalled testimony from Indiana State Police forensic scientist Melanie Wagner that blood can mask DNA contributed from another individual. Evidence showed the handle was covered with Downs’ blood.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • troy white

    you are gone/// his life is over

  • CE

    Wait…I thought guns were responsible for all the violence in the area. You mean there might be some other underlying social issues that cause people to act violently towards others? People will attack other people with knives, bats, cars, and more? Not just guns? Then why the hell has the mayor been going after guns for 20+ years instead of trying to address social and socioeconomic issues that seem to underlie most of these violent offenders? I know this is outside the city but plenty of others arent. The blood is on the hands of Mayor Daley for all his misguided efforts.

  • bigjim

    Dear CE and othrs. Let’s keep in mind this is a crime committed in Crown Point Indiana., not Chicago or even in the state.
    Just another attempt by CBS and others to sensationalize any news story. We have news here as well don’t we? Guns kill and the one good thing this Mayor has done is to fight for gun control in the city of Chicago.

    • CE

      You failed to see that I referenced that this was outside the city. I would hope you understand however that what happens in Chicago has a direct effect on the entire surrounding area. As long as people like you continue to believe that guns are the problem, the violence will continue. 20+ years of fighting the guns has gotten us where? The homicide capital of the United States. Until the anti-gun groups change the direction of their efforts, we will continue to see rising homicide and violent crime. “Guns kill people”. Right, and spoons make people fat, beer and cars kill people in DUI accidents.
      Read the article above and hopefully a light goes off for you. You can be against the vilonce and pro gun at the same time. Narrow minded people don’t get that.

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