Perkins released from hospital, charged with felony murder

Published 3:46 pm Thursday, December 31, 2020

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On Dec. 30, 2020, Johnny Perkins was arrested after being discharged from an Atlanta area hospital. Perkins, who was involved in an altercation at Commotions Club on Sunday, was transported to the Troup County Jail where he was booked on a felony murder charge and other related felony charges.

According to previous reports from the LaGrange Police Department, officers arrived at Commotions Club on Sunday evening in reference to multiple people shot. One of the gunshot victims, Steven Perkins, 47, of Hogansville, later died from his injuries.

Perkins, 53, and his wife Kristi Perkins, 54, both of Alex City, Alabama, were charged with murder.

LPD Sgt. Mark Cavender said the murder charges stem from the Perkins’ creating the incident and causing the death of another during a crime.

According to Cavender, an altercation occurred in the club that carried over into the parking lot. Johnny Perkins became involved in an altercation with on-site security when he was made to leave Commotions. As Perkins was leaving, he produced a handgun and began to shoot at club security, who returned fire. Both Johnny Perkins and his brother, Steven, who was also involved in the dispute, were shot by security. As the dispute was ongoing, Kristi, allegedly attacked the manager on duty in an attempt to assault her. LPD said that Kristi tried to bite the manager on duty and then retrieved her own handgun and shot in the direction of a security officer and manager on duty.

The rounds fired struck a security officer, bar patron and the club’s DJ. The security officer was treated and released while the other two were taken by ambulance and flown to other area hospitals. Cavender said both the DJ and patron are expected to recover from their injuries.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the LaGrange Police Department at (706) 883-2603 or Troup County Crime Stoppers at (706) 812-1000.