Michael Lee Perry (Source: District Attorney Eastern Judicial Circuit)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -
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
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.