Man Charged with Grand Baie Ax Murder Suffers Army-Related Injuries, Lawyer Says | Mobile County Alabama News


MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A Mobile man charged with home invasion murder in Mobile County over the weekend has had mental health issues since sustaining a head injury during his service in the US military, his lawyer said Monday.

Noting that his client is a veteran, attorney Jason Darley asked Mobile County District Judge Zackery Moore that defendant Erik Christopher Perez, 36, be given a low bond.

“He was hit in the head while serving our country and had mental problems because of it,” he said.

Mobile County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Wright has requested a total bail of $ 250,000 for first degree murder and burglary. She said that could potentially amount to a capital murder charge.

“This is a home invasion, a very brutal murder that happened with a hatchet and a totally innocent victim,” she said.

Moore set the bail at $ 190,000 – $ 40,000 for the burglary charge and $ 150,000 for the murder. He also denied a prosecution’s request to require the defendant to wear an electronic surveillance device if he posted a bond.

Law enforcement officials say Perez broke into a house in the 11000 block of Jeff Hamilton Road around 3 a.m. on Saturday and beat Clinton Maxwell Phillips, 53, to death with an ax and shovel .

The judge indicted the case on Thursday.

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