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May 16, 2013

Competency exam delays murder case

Hearing postponed in gun, sword attack case

Awaiting a competency examination has further delayed hearings for two men jailed in connection to a deadly gun and sword attack.

Robert Luis Guerra Jr. and Ryan Shawn Johnson have been held since early January after being arrested in the death of April Perry.

Guerra, 35, is accused of killing Perry, 22, and shooting her husband, Darrell Perry. Johnson, 22, held on two counts of accessory after the fact to shooting with intent to kill, allegedly drove Guerra to and from the Muskogee mobile home park where April Perry was killed.

Guerra and Johnson appeared simultaneously in Associate District Judge Norman Thygesen’s courtroom Wednesday. Their preliminary hearing was postponed for the sixth time, according to court records, as prosecutors and defense attorneys await the result of Guerra’s competency hearing.

The hearing was reset for 9:30 a.m. June 26.

The delay does come with a silver lining, said Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore.

“What will happen is either (Guerra) will be ruled competent, and we’ll have the hearing on (June 26), or he won’t be, but we’ll still have Johnson’s hearing,” Moore said.

Moore added he expects Guerra would be ruled competent.

Perry’s death is the county’s only violent death in 2013.

Guerra allegedly shot Perry and her husband Jan. 4 inside a mobile home at 2405 N. 32nd St. Guerra also allegedly attacked April Perry with a sword, stabbing her twice from behind and striking her in the head.

She died the next day, while Darrell Perry recuperated and was eventually released from a Tulsa hospital.

Information filed in the case states Guerra told investigators, “I did it! I did it!” after being placed into custody.

Guerra is charged with:

• First-degree murder.

• First-degree robbery.

• Larceny of an automobile after former conviction of a felony.

• Shooting with intent to kill after former conviction of a felony.

• Possession of a firearm during commission of a felony after former conviction of a felony.

• Possession of a controlled dangerous substance after former conviction of a felony.

• Possession of a firearm after former felony conviction.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

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