Gary Perkins is accused of killing his girlfriend, 29-year-old Jamie Murphy. Her body was found on a plastic slide in a park in Wilmington.
In 2013 Perkins was charged with stabbing Murphy in the head with a knife.
The arrest was reported July 29, 2015.
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There appeared to be blood on 34-year-old Gary Perkins’ clothing after police stopped him Thursday afternoon in connection with his girlfriend’s death that morning, according to a court document obtained by The News Journal.
Perkins, now charged with the first-degree murder of 29-year-old Jamie Murphy, was also found to be carrying a bloody folding penknife. The knife was connected to a keychain, which “also had what [appeared] to be a large amount of blood,” according to a court document unsealed Tuesday by Court of Common Pleas Chief Judge Alex J. Smalls.
The five-page document, which was sealed last week at the request of Wilmington police, offered a glance at Murphy’s final hours before her body was found on top of a plastic slide in Canby Park on Thursday morning. It also offered some details about how Perkins was found.
But the document does not answer questions Murphy’s family has.
“To ease my mind, I just want to know what happened to my sister,” Danielle Murphy said.
Danielle Murphy said she’s pleaded with investigators, and even the funeral home, to tell her exactly how her sister died. Detectives tell her they cannot give her details, and the few answers she hears sometimes conflict.
“Nobody can give me a direct answer,” she said. “I won’t know anything, I guess, until I get the death certificate.”
In the meantime, the family continues to plan for Murphy’s funeral services on Friday. Visitations will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the House of Wright Mortuary & Cremation Service, 208 E. 35th St., Wilmington. The funeral service will take place afterward. Murphy will be cremated, her sister said.
Murphy, who was mentally disabled, met Perkins at a bus stop near the house where she grew up, according to Danielle Murphy.
The couple, who had a daughter together, had an on-again, off-again relationship that was marked by frequent abuse, the sister said.
In September 2013, Perkins beat Murphy and stabbed her in the head with a small pocketknife when she said that she would stop paying for his food, according to court documents from that case, which led to his conviction on second-degree assault charges.
Danielle Murphy said the family tried to keep Jamie away from Perkins, but she continued to see him.
“It’s just a sad story,” she said.
According to the unsealed document, Perkins and Murphy were captured on security video about 6:55 p.m. on Wednesday entering the McDonald’s restaurant at 101 New Road, Elsmere. About 30 minutes later, the two left the restaurant, which is a few blocks away from Canby Park.
Murphy was found Thursday morning on top of a plastic slide. Near her partly clothed body were her prescription pill bottles and a McDonald’s soft drink, the court document showed.
Murphy had been stabbed multiple times in her upper torso and neck, according to the document.
Using the security video and previous criminal records, police began searching for Perkins. This included contacting his probation officer, who told investigators that he’d seen Perkins on Wednesday.
Perkins told the probation officer that he’d been following all of his probation guidelines and that he’d not had contact with a person whose name was redacted on the court document.
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