Eli Perry pleads not guilty to 11 charges in 2017 death.
BARNSTABLE — A Mashpee man was ordered held without bail Wednesday after pleading not guilty in Barnstable Superior Court to charges he killed his father and buried the body near an off-Cape cranberry bog.
Eli Perry, 38, pleaded not guilty to 11 charges in connection with the 2017 death of 65-year-old Raymond Perry: first-degree murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on someone age 60 or over, intimidating a witness, improper disposal of a human body, carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possessing ammunition without a firearms identification card, improper storage of a firearm, larceny over $250 and larceny over $250 from a person 60 or over.
Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Nicole Manoog requested that Perry be held without bail and said she was turning over all discovery material to defense attorney Jason Benzaken.
She said the evidence was voluminous, and after Benzaken has a chance to review it, he can request another hearing to review the bail issue.
Judge Robert Rufo agreed. The arraignment lasted just over five minutes.
Perry is scheduled to return to court Jan. 8 for a pretrial conference.
Raymond Perry was reported missing Dec. 1, 2017. Family and friends told police they had last had contact with him Nov. 26. His body was found by investigators Dec. 18 hidden under a mulch pile near a bog at Old Forge Farm in Plymouth. His hands and feet were bound with zip ties and he was lying on a rug that investigators later determined came from his Mashpee home, according to an affidavit written by Massachusetts State Police Trooper Shawn Hatchell.
The cause of death was determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to be blunt force trauma to the head in combination with cutting wounds to the neck, according to a statement issued by the district attorney's office at the time.
Eli Perry and his girlfriend, Paige Malone, were charged in February.
After disposing of the body, the two returned to the father's house and tried to hide the evidence by cleaning up blood, laying down new laminate wood floors and putting fresh paint on the walls, according to Hatchell's affidavit.
Malone, 30, has been indicted on charges of accessory after the fact to murder and unlawful disposal of a human body, according to court documents.
She is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 29.
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