Murder Suspect Commits Suicide Monday
March 9, 2009
The man police say is responsible for the Atmore murder of a 19-year old pregnant woman committed suicide Monday morning in Bay Minette.
Authorities say Ferrell Perdue, 44, of Bay Minette, apparently shot and killed himself in Chevrolet Silverado about 9 a.m. Monday at Dobbins Trailer Park in the Pine Grove community southeast of Bay Minette. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department says Perdue shot himself once in the head with handgun.
A capital murder warrant was obtained Friday against Ferrell Perdue, 44, of Bay Minette, in connection with the murder of 19-year old Marquetta A. Washington in Atmore last Thursday. Washington was pregnant.
Perdue was also charged with shooting Washington’s boyfriend, Tony Hudson, 26. Officials say he was shot in the chest at close range with a shotgun.
After the shooting at McRae Apartments in Atmore, Perdue reportedly drove to Bay Minette to the home of his mother where he told her what had happened. His mother told authorities he left after she said she was calling police.
Atmore Police received a domestic violence report from the apartment on McRae Street at 10:18 Thursday night. When they arrived, they found Washington dead in the bedroom and Hudson seriously injured in the living room/dining room of the ground floor apartment.
The apartment, belonging to Washington’s mother Alice Evans, had a broken front window. Police say broke out the window of the apartment using a child’s bicycle. He then shot Washington and Hudson at close range with the shotgun. Evans, who was at home at the time of the incident, escaped out of the broken window. She was unharmed.
Hudson was transported to Atmore Community Hospital and later transferred to the University of South Alabama Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition.
Atmore Police say the incident may have stemmed from a relationship gone bad between Evans and Perdue. She had tried to end the relationship, police said. Evans had filed a warrant against Perdue on February 23, but that warrant had not been served.
Pictured above: Police say Atmore murder suspect Ferrell Purdue commited suicide Monday morning. Submitted photos for NorthEscambia.com.