CANTON: A Stark County grand jury has indicted a North Canton man in the Oct. 4 beheading of a neighbor in the Evergreen Mobile Home Court.
William D. Perry, 41, was indicted Tuesday on two counts of aggravated murder. Each count carries two death specifications in the death of 1993 Lake High graduate Brett W. Smith, 34.
Perry also faces charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.
North Canton police took Perry into custody Oct. 6 after Canton officers arrested him.
Perry was involved in a vandalism incident at Smith's home less than a week before the killing. Perry was charged with a fourth-degree felony in the destruction of an electric meter box Sept. 30 at Smith's mobile home on Balsam Street.
Perry lived a block away on Cedar Street.
Bond for Perry was set at $150,000. Canton Municipal Judge Mary Falvey denied defense attorney Anthony Koukoutas' request for a reduction in the bond at a Oct. 16 hearing.
Perry has a felony record. Authorities said he served four years in prison on an aggravated assault conviction, has had weapons and assault charges brought against him and recently was accused of threatening the owner of a business in North Canton.
Assistant Stark County Prosecutor Dennis Barr said Perry probably would be arraigned Friday in Common Pleas Court. The case has been assigned to Judge Lee Sinclair.
Bill Lilley can be reached at 330-996-3811 or email@example.com.