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AG Schmitt Applauds Guilty Verdict in North Missouri Murder Case

Jun 13, 2019, 16:42 PM by AG Schmitt
Jefferson City, Mo. (April 1, 2019) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today applauded the guilty verdict in a north Missouri murder case, as well as the work done by the City of Macon Police Department and the Macon County Sheriff’s Department in investigating the violent stabbing death of Ryan Perkins. The crime occurred in Macon, Missouri in October of 2016. AG Schmitt’s Office assisted Macon County Prosecuting Attorney, Joshua Meisner, in trying the case.
Jefferson City, Mo. - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today applauded the guilty verdict in a north Missouri murder case, as well as the work done by the City of Macon Police Department and the Macon County Sheriff’s Department in investigating the violent stabbing death of Ryan Perkins. The crime occurred in Macon, Missouri in October of 2016. AG Schmitt’s Office assisted Macon County Prosecuting Attorney, Joshua Meisner, in trying the case.

“My office stands ready to help prosecutors and law enforcement agencies keep dangerous, violent criminals such as Ray Holt off the streets of our Missouri communities,” said AG Schmitt. “I’m grateful for the work that the Macon Police and Sheriff’s Department, as well as the Macon Prosecuting Attorney, achieved in this case. Our office will not back down in our fight to seek justice for our fellow Missourians and to hold those perpetrators accountable for their lawless actions.”
In the early morning hours of October 7, 2016 the defendant, Ray Holt, invaded Perkins’ home and stabbed Perkins to death after discovering that Perkins had had an affair with Holt’s wife. The medical examiner testified that Perkins was stabbed three times in the chest and had, “textbook defensive wounds on his hands.”
In the violent attack, Holt nearly severed the victim’s thumbs. Investigator Mike Platte testified that the injuries to Perkins’ hands were the worst that he has seen in his law enforcement career, which spans more than two decades. Perkins, 34, served in the United States Navy as a Sea Bee in Afghanistan and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 
Holt was charged with First Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action. After deliberating for two hours, the jury returned guilty verdicts on Second Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action. Holt faces a sentence of up to life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for May 21, 2019 at 2:30 pm in Kirksville, Missouri, where the case was tried after a change of venue. 
The case was tried by Josh Meisner, Macon County Prosecuting Attorney, with assistance from Gregory M. Goodwin and Paige K. Wheeler, Assistant Attorneys General. Chris Horn and Steve Hayden from the Missouri Attorney General’s Office assisted with the investigation.