Southwest Wake News

Raleigh police charge Cary man with manslaughter

Police have charged a 52-year-old Cary man with beating another man to death last summer in Southeast Raleigh.

Elden B. Perry of 1208 Kirkwell Place was charged by Raleigh police Thursday with one felony count of voluntary manslaughter, according to an arrest warrant filed at the Wake County Magistrate’s Office.

Investigators think Perry is responsible for the beating death of Bobby Lee Dunn of Raleigh.

Last year, on June 29, paramedics were dispatched to the 100 block of Idlewild Avenue, east of downtown Raleigh, where a man was reported to be injured. They transported Dunn, 50, to WakeMed, where he was treated for head injuries and later released, said Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue.

On July 10, Dunn returned to WakeMed complaining of health problems. He died at the hospital later that day.

“He was not complaining about the injuries he sustained” during the altercation with Perry, Sughrue said.

Raleigh detectives learned Dunn had been in an altercation with Perry and did some “additional investigative work” on the incident on Idlewild Avenue, Sughrue said.

Prior to Perry’s arrest, investigators awaited a final autopsy report to help determine how Dunn died. The police turned over their findings to the Wake County District Attorney’s Office, which determined that Dunn died as a result of injuries he received at the hands of Perry, Sughrue said.

Perry was already in custody at the Wake County jail on unrelated charges Thursday when police charged him with Dunn’s death, Sughrue said.

A jail spokesman said Perry was charged Feb. 8 with assault and battery and was being held under $1,000 bail for that charge.

Perry’s bail has now been raised to $501,000, court records show. In the arrest warrant, detectives stated that Perry has a “lengthy criminal record” and that he may pose “a danger to the public.”

Perry was released from prison in 2012 after serving two years for felony possession of drugs with the intent to sell and deliver, state records show. He has a criminal history dating to 1981 with convictions for selling counterfeit drugs, breaking and entering, multiple larceny convictions, attempted robbery, assault on a female and communicating threats, state records show.