Judge could decide soon on new trial in 1985 Camden Co. murders

Crime & Safety

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A judge says he could decide by Friday whether a Georgia man should get a new trial in the 1985 shooting deaths of a husband and wife at a Camden County church.

Dennis Perry is serving two life sentences for the killings of Harold and Thelma Swain, but his attorneys are seeking a new trial after DNA evidence emerged tying another suspect to the crime scene.

The state, though, argued at a Monday hearing that Perry can’t seek a new trial because he signed an agreement to forego appeals as part of an agreement to a life sentence after his conviction, avoiding a possible death penalty.

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