Investigation Continues into Double Homicide in East Falmouth

One of the victims is loaded into the Medical Examiners van as friends and family look on.GENE M. MARCHAND/ENTERPRISE - One of the victims is loaded into the Medical Examiners van as friends and family look on.

Two days after Falmouth police were called to the site of an alleged double homicide, law enforcement officials have released little additional information about what they are calling an isolated and targeted, if also gruesome, incident.
As of this morning, police had announced neither arrests nor suspects.

Falmouth police were called to 146 Central Avenue at 1:34 AM Wednesday after receiving a 911 call from a neighbor reporting a disturbance at the home. The call was entered into the logs as a homicide.

Police cordoned off the property, and by mid-morning the crime scene was expanded to block the road on either side of the home. Residents living within the perimeter gathered to watch the proceedings, which involved interviews with neighbors according to Michael A. Trudeau, first assistant district attorney with the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office.

On Wednesday afternoon, the DA’s office issued a press release confirming the identities of the two victims as 41-year-old Crystal L. Perry and 23-year-old Kristofer M. Williams. Their respective Facebook pages stated they were living in Mashpee and Hyannis respectively, but the DA’s office stated they were both living in the home at the time of the incident. The nature of their relationship was not  clear.

The victims sustained “severe blunt and sharp force trauma,” suggesting they were beaten and stabbed, but the DA’s office released no further details on the causes of death pending an examination by the Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Mr. Trudeau assured the public that this incident was “targeted” and not a random act. Beyond that, investigators remain tight-lipped on the details of the crime and the course of the investigation, declining to divulge possible motives or whether any potential suspects had been identified.

“The very nature of these types of investigations requires law enforcement agencies and investigators to interview a variety of witnesses,” Mr. Trudeau said, explaining that a premature release of specific information “would automatically impact and perhaps influence what another witness may or may not say.”

Mr. Trudeau acknowledged that the home has been the site of two major drug investigations within the past five years, both of which involved Ms. Perry, but did not comment whether the homicide was at all drug related.

He added that if investigators made public specific details about the crime scene and the evidence, it could compromise the investigation when it came time to interview suspects. “We could put the question to someone, ‘How did you know about that?’,” referring to a detail that only someone present at the time of the crime would have knowledge of, he said, “and they could say, ‘Oh, I read it in the paper.’ ”

Mr. Trudeau acknowledged that the home has been the site of two major drug investigations within the past five years, both of which involved Ms. Perry, but did not comment whether the homicide was at all drug related.

“We are obviously investigating all possible motives,” he said.

The Victims

Ms. Perry, a former Mashpee and Marstons Mills resident, was a member of the Falmouth High School Class of 1988 and listed on her Facebook page she had worked for “Self Professional Healthcare” since 2000. She was also a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and volunteered with the tribal health department.

Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell issued a statement Wednesday on behalf of the tribe, which was “deeply saddened and hurt by the tragic death and loss of our beloved Tribal Member Crystal Perry.

“I ask all of our Tribal Community, neighbors and friends to join together with Prayer and love towards healing during this very difficult time,” Mr. Cromwell said in the statement. “We pray for safety, for the swift apprehension of whomever committed this shocking, inhumane act, and for the culprit to be brought to justice. Our Community must stand up and we will not stand down until justice prevails.”

Mr. Cromwell was contacted for further comment, but tribal spokesman Paula Gates said the tribe was “in mourning” for Ms. Perry and Mr. Cromwell was unavailable.

Ms. Perry was predeceased by her parents, Catherine L. (Hendricks) Perry, who died in 2002, and George S. Perry, who died in 2011. In addition to her sister, Veronica Jo Perry—who is listed in Falmouth Assessing Department records as co-owner of the home along with Roderick Antone—Ms. Perry leaves behind brothers George Stanley Perry and Antone R. Perry, both of Falmouth.

Mr. Williams—who listed himself as “self-employed” on his Facebook page, and as a student of St. George’s School, an Episcopal boarding school in Middletown, Rhode Island, from 2003 to 2005—was the son of Theodore Williams, a 27-year member of the Falmouth Police Department who died in August at the age of 51.

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Mr. Williams was actively involved in Falmouth’s Youth Hockey League as a teenager. In 1997 he was one of two Falmouth youths who traveled to Canada as part of the South Shore Dynamos Select Team, a team of players from around southeastern Massachusetts, to compete in the Cartier Championships in Montreal. The team won the competition, beating three Canadian teams.

Troubled Pasts

Both of the victims were well-known to police and had lengthy criminal histories; each of them had approximately a dozen separate case files on record at the Falmouth District Court.

Most of Ms. Perry’s arrests were on drug-related charges, and she was arrested during two separate raids on the Central Avenue home.

Police executed a search warrant in December 2009 and seized Percocet, cocaine, and marijuana. Three counts of possession of a Class B controlled substance with intent to distribute filed against Ms. Perry were dismissed upon payment of $300 in court costs. Charges of possession of a Class D controlled substance with intent to distribute - subsequent offense and possession of a Class E controlled substance with intent to distribute - subsequent offense were dismissed.

In October 2011 police raided the home again and took six individuals—including Ms. Perry—into custody on assorted drug charges. Ms. Perry was awaiting trial in Barnstable Superior Court at the time of her death and was due back in court next month.

Ms. Perry was also a suspect in two drug arrests, one in 1995 and one in 2003, at a home on Ninigret Avenue in Mashpee, and in a 1996 drug sweep in Falmouth.

Mr. Williams’s criminal record consists mostly of larceny and related offenses. Last May Mr. Williams was sentenced to multiple concurrent one-year jail sentences following his conviction on numerous larceny and breaking and entering charges, those stemming from incidents in Mashpee and Bourne, where he was accused of stealing storm drain grates to sell as scrap metal.

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