Houston man accused of beating ex-mother-in-law who later died after months-long coma
A 43-year-old man accused of beating his disabled ex-mother-in-law at her Houston home has been charged in her death after she slipped into a coma after the March attack and never recovered, court records show.
A murder charge was added to Robert Perry’s rap sheet Saturday, more than three months after the comatose victim, Barbara Haynes, 55, died at a Pasadena nursing home in June.
In July, Houston police arrested Perry for aggravated assault in the March 27 attack at Haynes’ home in the 1500 block of Robin Street, where the suspect also lived.
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Haynes’ nephew, Cannon Morris, found her and two more victims “severely beaten” at the home, according to a probable cause filing. And when Morris “started yelling for help,” Perry emerged from a small bungalow on the same property and offered to call 911.
A handyman who survived the attack and who worked on Haynes’ home, managed to identify Perry to Morris as his assailant, records show.
“Why did you beat all of us,” the victim, Binh Van Do, allegedly asked of Perry.
Do told police he was inside the home but did not see the initial assault unfold. He heard what began as something falling to the ground and then Haynes crying out.
“What happened? What are you doing,” Do heard Haynes scream.
“The old man owes me money,” Perry replied, according to Do’s account.
Perry came for Do next and “started choking him,” documents read. The suspect let go and Do ran to Haynes’ bedroom, where he found her on the floor and unresponsive. He locked the door and armed himself with a razor blade, which he used to slash Perry’s arm when he started breaking down the door.
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Another victim inside the home, Tom Stubble, told police that he woke to Perry standing behind a curtain. The suspect allegedly started choking him until he passed out. When Stubble came to, Haynes was “lying unconscious and bloody on the floor,” police wrote. Stubble’s relation to Haynes was not immediately known.
An investigator who in May tried interviewing Haynes about the attack learned she had been checked into the Courtyard Pasadena nursing home in a comatose state. There, a nurse told the investigator Haynes was not expected to recover.
She died in June of “complications of blunt head trauma,” according to Harris County Institute of Forensics records.
In 1992, when Perry was 18, he pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault. He was sentenced to 17 years in prison was apparently granted an early release. Since then, Perry has been charged twice with failing to register as a sex offender after moving to new addresses in both instances. Both charges were later dropped. He served time in the Harris County Jail for drug possession charges.