Transgender suspect faces murder charges for 1990 cold cases

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 5:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Detectives from the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office have forwarded charges to the Prosecutor’s Office related to three unsolved murders from 1990.

Authorities charged Douglas (Donna) Perry, 61, with three counts of 1st Degree Murder for the murders of Yolanda Sapp, 26, Nikkie Lowe, 34,  and Katherine Brisbois, 34. Perry is currently in prison on Federal Firearms charges.

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Sapp’s body was found February, 22, 1990 in the area of E. Upriver Drive. Lowe’s body was found March 25, 1990 underneath the Greene Street Bridge. Brisbois’ body was found May 15, 1990 on the west side of the Spokane River near Trent and Pines. All three women were shot with a small caliber handgun.

In 2012, Perry was arrested in Spokane on an unrelated firearms charge. During Perry’s arrest his DNA was collected and put into a database. Perry’s DNA matched DNA evidence submitted from Brisbois’ homicide.

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On Thursday, Spokane Police and Spokane County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Detectives submitted paperwork forwarding charges for Perry for three counts of 1st Degree Murder. Perry is currently incarcerated in Texas.  

 

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