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Police: father murders daughter

State Police say James Perry Jr., age 70, of Newbury, shot and killed his daughter Karina Rheaume, 38, of Newbury Monday afternoon, May 3.

Perry, according to the Journal-Opinion a lifelong area resident, was taken into custody peacefully following a standoff early Tuesday morning. He pleaded innocent to second degree murder, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment Tuesday afternoon in a St. Johnsbury court and is being held in prison.

James Perry – VSP photo

Police believe the incident occurred Monday afternoon when the victim went to visit Perry at his home on Deerfield Lane. After not hearing from the victim for several hours, an acquaintance went to the house and encountered Perry, who was armed with a rifle and told him that the victim was dead. The acquaintance left the area and called the police at about 7:10 p.m. Monday.

Responding troopers found that Perry was inside his home and refusing to come out. The Vermont State Police’s Tactical Services Unit and Crisis Negotiation Unit were dispatched to Deerfield Lane and ultimately were successful in peacefully resolving the standoff at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, when Perry came out of the home and was taken into custody without further incident.

The investigation is in its early stages. Detectives with the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit and Bureau of Criminal Investigations, joined by members of the Crime Scene Search Team and Field Force Division, have responded to the scene and are working on the case. The Vermont State Police victim services director is working with the victim’s family and loved ones.

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