Gram­mer’s bond set at $150,000 in wo­man’s death

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - TRACY NEAL

BENTONVILLE — Austin Gram­mer told po­lice he put an ear to Les­lie Perry’s chest about 3 p.m. Feb. 17 and couldn’t hear a heart­beat, ac­cord­ing to a prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit re­leased Fri­day.

Gram­mer, who faces a man­slaugh­ter charge in Perry’s death, said he sat around think­ing what he should do and about 6 p.m. went to a con­ve­nience store near his home. A sur­veil­lance video from Gas Sta­tion III and a sales re­ceipt show Gram­mer pur­chased sour gummy worms, con­doms and an en­ergy drink at 6:15 p.m., ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

The 18-year-old said he went home and cleaned for a while, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, and fi­nally called 911 around 9: 30 p.m.

Po­lice found Perry, 20, of Siloam Springs dead when they ar­rived about 10 p.m. at 235 Meadow Court in Siloam Springs, ac­cord­ing to Siloam Springs Po­lice Depart­ment news re­lease.

Gram­mer, also of Siloam Springs, was ar­rested Wed­nes­day in con­nec­tion with rape, abuse of a corpse, man­slaugh­ter and

tam­per­ing with phys­i­cal ev­i­dence. Pros­e­cu­tors haven’t filed any for­mal charges against him.

Ben­ton County Cir­cuit Judge Robin Green said Fri­day prob­a­ble cause ex­ists to hold Gram­mer in the Ben­ton County Jail on $150,000 bond, the amount re­quested by Stuart Cear­ley, chief deputy prose­cu­tor.

Green said she read the prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit and be­lieves the case against Gram­mer is strong.

Scott McElveen, deputy public de­fender, asked Green to set a more rea­son­able bond. Gram­mer said he had $250 and could pos­si­bly raise up to $ 2,000 to­ward bond.

Green stayed with the $150,000 bond and also or­dered Gram­mer not to have any con­tact with Perry’s fam­ily.

Gram­mer told Green dur­ing his prob­a­ble cause hear­ing he moved from Sher­wood to Siloam Springs three years ago. He said he was born and raised in Arkansas in re­sponse to ques­tions from McElveen. Gram­mer said his fa­ther, step­mother, sis­ter and brother-in-law live in the area.

Gram­mer told po­lice Perry was his friend and he was go­ing to ask her to be his girl­friend, ac­cord­ing to the fivepage prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit, which was redacted be­fore its re­lease. Green or­dered a redacted af­fi­davit be re­leased, so many pas­sages in it were blacked out.

Gram­mer told po­lice he

found Perry on Feb. 17 af­ter he re­turned from work, but he later ad­mit­ted he didn’t get to work that day, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Gram­mer said Perry came to his apart­ment be­tween 10 to 11 p.m. Feb. 16, and they slept the en­tire night. Gram­mer said he woke up around 7:45 a.m. Feb. 17. He said Perry was snor­ing, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Gram­mer said he slept un­til 10:45 a.m. and woke up to Perry’s ring­ing phone, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. He si­lenced the phone and said he was un­sure if Perry was breath­ing then. He went back to sleep un­til 2 p.m., he said, and around 3 p.m. checked on Perry, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Gram­mer’s ar­raign­ment is sched­uled for 8 a.m. April 3 in Green’s court­room.


NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/JA­SON IVESTER

A Ben­ton County Sheriff’s Of­fice deputy ac­com­pa­nies Austin Gram­mer (right) as he is led Fri­day for his bond hear­ing at the Ben­ton County Court­house in Bentonville. Gram­mer was ar­rested Wed­nes­day in con­nec­tion with rape, abuse of a corpse, man­slaugh­ter and tam­per­ing with phys­i­cal ev­i­dence.

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