Perry Pleads Not Guilty In Sunoco Murder


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Raymond Perry, a suspect in the 2009 murder of Daniel Pritchard in Verona, at the time of his arrest.
Raymond Perry, a suspect in the 2009 murder of Daniel Pritchard in Verona, at the time of his arrest.

The second defendant in the shooting death of Verona native Daniel Pritchard, an employee at the Sunoco gas station on Pompton Avenue, pleaded not guilty in Newark court today. The Star-Ledger reported that 44-year-old Raymond Perry was handcuffed but clad in a white button-down shirt, black slacks and sneakers, as his attorney, John McMahon, entered the not-guilty plea.

Perry, along with his cousin, David Fate, are accused of committing a string of robberies over a three-week period in February 2009, which ended with the Verona killing. Fate, 25, entered a not guilty plea last week.

Prosecutors say Perry fired the gun that killed Pritchard, 29. Perry and Fate will be tried together, as will the robberies and the killing.

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Perry’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 23. Both men are being held on $1 million bail and face up to life in prison if convicted of murder. A trial is not expected to start until the fall.

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected]


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