VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office will no longer seek the death penalty for a man accused of murdering a Norfolk police officer.
During a motions hearing Monday, prosecutors said they decided not to seek the death penalty against Raymond Perry. Perry is facing first degree murder charges in the death of Officer Victor Decker. Decker was found shot to death in Virginia Beach.
Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle told the court he would not seek the death penalty after learning one, possibly two witnesses, lied in this case.
Last week, the charges against a co-defendant, Kareem Turner, were nolle prosequi, meaning they were withdrawn unless the prosecution wishes to bring them back. Turner said upon his release from jail a week ago about the lying witnesses, “I don’t know why they did what they did but I was innocent from the very beginning.”
Additionally, Perry’s attorney asked for additional money for the investigator to continue interviewing witnesses. That motion was granted.
Raymond Perry and his mother smiled as they left the courtroom Monday.
On April 21, the defense again asked for more money for an expert witness to research and testify about Perry’s life history. Prosecutors also asked that a questionnaire for prospective jurors be taken off the table.
The judge is planning to rule on the newest motions in May.
Perry remains held at the jail awaiting a jury trial now set for September 30. He’s facing first degree murder, robbery and firearms charges.