Probably not a sound legal defense.
SPOKANE, WA, March 19, 2014 – A suspected serial killer is offering an unusual defense to try to avoid punishment for murdering at least three women: Because he had a sex change operation in 2000 and now lives as a woman himself, he argues he is now a completely different person and cannot be held responsible for anything he may have done before the operation, reports KXLY.com.
Douglas Perry, 63, who now goes by “Donna,” was arrested late last year after DNA evidence linked him to the murders of prostitutes Yolanda Sapp, Kathleen Brisbois and Nickie Lowe, whose bodies were all found unclothed in the Spokane River in 1990 with fatal gunshot wounds. He is being held in Spokane County Jail under $1 million bond on three counts of first degree murder.
Police linked Perry to the murders of the three women using fingerprint evidence and DNA found under the victims’ fingernails. They also found the car Perry was driving at the time of the murders. Under the front passenger floor mat was a .22 caliber cartridge that was a perfect match to bullets recovered from the victims.
But Perry insists that as “Donna,” he’s never killed anyone, and that his new status as a woman means the alleged murderer no longer exists.
“I’m not going to admit I killed anybody,” Perry told investigators, according to court documents. “I didn’t. Donna has killed nobody.”
“Doug did,” replied a police officer.