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Homeless man pleads guilty to August 2012 murder

Michael Lee Perry (Source: District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit) Michael Lee Perry (Source: District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit)

The Office of Eastern Judicial Circuit/Chatham County District Attorney has announced that Michael Lee Perry, 35, has pled guilty to the August 2012 murder of his girlfriend, Dezanne Cassandra Davis, 38.

Perry was initially charged two counts of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

Assistant DA Jennifer Guyer of the Major Crimes Division detailed that around 10 p.m. on August 8, 2012, SCMPD Officer Santana Willis was flagged down on President Street by a resident of a homeless camp in east Savannah.

The man told the officer that he thought someone may be dead and led him to a homeless camp in the woods near Hitch and Randolph Streets under Truman Parkway.

Police encountered Michael Lee Perry, who was covered in blood, and the body of Dezanne Cassandra Davis, who had been stabbed in the side and strangled to death.

Perry was taken into custody by the SCMPD and taken to jail.

Perry accepted a negotiated plea from the state and pled guilty of murder.

He was sentenced to life in prison, meaning he would serve a minimum of 30 years beforebecoming elegible for parole.

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