HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A man charged with the murder and dismemberment of his roommate in Pasco County is facing death as he announced the opening of his trial that begins Monday.
Stephen Perry has been the writer of the popular TV cartoon “Thundercats”, as well as other TV cartoons and comics.
By 2009, personal and health problems had made him homeless.
He moved into a house in Zephyrhills and allowed James Davis and his wife to live in the garage.
Davis is currently on trial for Perry’s murder, and the state says the crime is horrific.
In May 2010, a guest at a motel in Hillsborough County called to complain of a horrible smell coming from a van parked outside the motel.
Hillsborough County delegates arrived and found signs of crime.
They then go to Perry’s house and find traces of blood on the wall.
In the opening statement of Davis’ murder trial on Monday, Assistant State Attorney Manny Garcia told the jury all evidence points to Davis.
“Ladies and gentlemen, at the conclusion of this trial, I will ask you to find the defendant, James Davis, guilty of first degree, premeditated murder,” Garcia said.
Defense attorney Anne Borghetti told the jury that Perry had applied for a domestic violence restraining order against his girlfriend, Krystall Carroll, just days before he was murdered.
“Stephen Perry sought a restraining order for Krystall Carroll from contacting him,” said Borghetti, who argued that much of the evidence ruled out Perry.
“There is not enough evidence here. There is a reasonable suspicion, it was all circumstantial and James Davis did not commit this murder,” Borghetti said.
If convicted, Davis faces the death penalty.
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