Mobile DA: Charges upgraded to capital murder

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich upgraded charges in Tuesday’s deadly Coden robbery and shooting from felony murder to capital murder. This, after charges were originally first degree robbery and felony murder as of Wednesday morning, March 12.

“After getting the results of the autopsy report for today and the examination of the victim’s vehicle, we made the determination that the evidence deemed that we upgrade the charges to capital murder. Both of the defendants are charged with capital murder in relation to the deceased victim. And robbery in the first degree regarding the robbery of his daughter. We are moving forward with a capital murder and robbery charges,” said Rich.

On Wednesday, FOX10 News learned more about the deadly shooting of Robert Perry off Bayou Jonas Road.

Mobile County Sheriff’s Deputies said it all started around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Tillman’s Corner Walmart.

Perry and his stepdaughter arrived to look at a car advertised on Craigslist. Perry’s stepdaughter went inside to cash an income tax check and when she came out, a decision was made by them not to buy the car. Investigators said that is when 20-year-old Saraya Atkins of Michigan and her alleged accomplice, 25-year-old Kymberli Lindsay of Mobile, stepped into the picture.

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“Through the investigation we’ve learned that while she was cashing her check, one of the suspects observed her taking a large sum of money inside Walmart at which time they decided to follow the victims,” said Lt. Paul Burch with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.

Perry and his stepdaughter were followed nearly 15 miles to Bayou Jonas Road, according to officials.

“The victims did not realize they were being followed until such time the suspects forced them off the road with their vehicle,” said Lt. Burch.

That is when the unthinkable happened.

“The driver exited with a handgun and robbed both of them, and shot Mr. Perry,” said Lt. Burch.

Lt. Burch said Atkins pulled the trigger. After the shooting, Burch said the two suspects got back in their car and bolted to the end of the street in an attempt to get away, but their car got stuck in the mud and was disabled. Deputies said the two women got out and ran. They were found and after hours of questioning they were taken to Mobile County Metro Jail.

“Their behavior while being taken to the transport vehicle – the cursing and attitude – was evident they didn’t have any regard for human life,” said Lt. Burch after Tuesday night’s perp walk.

Also on Wednesday, some answers to some original confusion in the case:

  • - Originally there was confusion on whether or not a third suspect was involved. That has been ruled out.
  • - There was speculation that the man selling the car was involved. That is not the case.
  • - There was confusion if there was a man on the loose near the shooting. That too has been excluded by investigators.
  • - As for the car, according to sheriff’s deputies, ironically two other women were legitimately viewing the car at the same time Perry and his stepdaughter were looking at the same vehicle. At first they were believed to be the alleged suspects in the case. That was denied.

FOX10 News will continue to follow this story and bring you updates.

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