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Jurors find Indianapolis man guilty of murdering his wife

Mona Perkins shot to death last year
Posted at 10:06 AM, Aug 13, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS—Jurors have found a 64-year-old Indianapolis man guilty in the murder of his wife. The verdict came on the second day of the Alvin Perkins trial.

His wife, 61-year-old Mona Perkins, was shot to death in May of last year.

At the time, Perkins told police he was trying to avoid getting hit by a lamp when he shot his wife multiple times at their apartment in the 2000 block of Boulder Drive.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Perkins told police he and his wife had been arguing for most of the night and early morning. Eventually, they went into separate rooms and Mona fell asleep. Perkins said when he went to check on her, she awoke and immediately picked up a lamp and tried to hit him with it.

Perkins said he started trying to shoot the lamp out of his wife’s hand. According to police, Perkins said he was “not very good with a gun.”

Police found six fired shell casings on the bed and floor. An autopsy determined Mona had been shot in the legs, hip, arm and twice in the chest.

Perkins will be sentenced next month.