Florida Seeking Death Penalty In Psychotic Murder Case

The state intends to seek the death penalty against a man accused of fatally stabbing his wife in St. Johns County, the State Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

Derrek Perkins, 41, was indicted Oct. 14 by a grand jury on one count of first-degree murder, one count of burglary of a dwelling with assault/battery while armed and aggravated stalking with a weapon.

On Oct. 13, according to investigators, Perkins attacked Brandi Brooker, 35, as she arrived at a home where she was staying in the Hastings area. State Attorney R.J. Larizza said the victim was “savagely stabbed” about 14 times as she pleaded for her life.

“He lay in wait until she arrived with her co-worker/friend and sprung from his hiding place,” Larizza said in a prepared statement Wednesday.


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