Sunday, February 12, 2012

East Palo Alto, CA: Man killed by girlfriend arrested for domestic violence in 2007, records show

A 34-year-old East Palo Alto man fatally stabbed by his girlfriend this week was arrested for committing domestic violence against her in 2007, according to court records and the woman's sister.
Charles Perry III died Tuesday morning after Natisha Anderson, 33, plunged a steak knife into his leg during a fight, East Palo Alto police said.
Perry died from a single stab wound to his femoral artery, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office, which has charged Anderson with murder.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti told The Daily News on Thursday there was no evidence that Perry attacked Anderson, but Anderson's defense attorney and her family dispute that assertion.
Nicole Anderson said in an interview that Perry emotionally and physically abused her sister throughout the couple's seven-year relationship, although there were good times too. Anderson said the couple have a 4-year-old son.
Her sister is not the violent perpetrator portrayed by police and prosecutors, Anderson said.
"As if she was a monster, that's not true at all," Anderson said.
According to San Mateo County Superior Court records, a Charles Perry III with the same birth year as the murder victim was arrested by Pacifica police on Nov. 26, 2007 and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence and assault. On March 10, 2008, Perry pleaded no contest to the lesser assault charge and prosecutors dropped the domestic violence count.

He was sentenced to one day in jail and 36 months of probation and ordered to undergo 104 hours of domestic violence counseling.
Nicole Anderson said she remembers the arrest. Perry was "beating her up," she said, referring to her sister. She said the couple had been living in Pacifica, close to San Francisco where the sisters grew up and family members remain.
Anderson said that the night before Tuesday's stabbing, her sister called their uncle after she had gotten into a fight with Perry in which he had punched her in the face.
"He told her to walk away," she said. "Obviously she didn't."
Guidotti declined to discuss Perry's prior conviction, saying it would be inappropriate.

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