TRIAL DATE SET IN SENSATIONAL STUN-GUN
ASSAULT - AIR FORCE CAPT JOHN PERRYS FACES
CHARGES HE STALKED AND ATTACKED
EX-GIRL FRIEND IN FLORIDA HOME - AIR FORCE
ACADEMY GRAD AND B-52 PILOT COULD GET
LIFE IN PRISON IF CONVICTED
An Air Force Academy graduate (Class of 1997), B-52 bomber pilot, and good bet for fast-track promotion to major, John Perrys had it all until he became obsessed with an ex-girlfriend in Florida.
Now he is awaiting the start of his trial on August 3 after spending more than four years in the Gulf County Jail. Proceedings will be held in Panama City because of all the negative publicity the case has attracted since the April 12, 2005 attack on Judge Fred Witton's step-daughter.
Investigators say Caroline Lister was in the shower at home when her estranged boyfriend burst through the door and assaulted her with a collapsible baton.
Perrys, 33, also had a stun-gun in hand, but his targeted victim escaped before he could use it on the frightened woman.
Lister ran naked into the yard and screamed for help. A neighbor grabbed his shotgun and fired a blast into the air, scaring off the woman's alleged attacker.
Witnesses gave police a description of the getaway car and Air Police were ready at the Tyndale AFB main gate when Perrys rolled up, still wearing the blue and white jogging outfit Lister said he had on during the home invasion.
ALSO CUT BRAKE LINES TO GALPAL'S CAR
Strangely enough, Perrys wore a bulletproof vest under the running outfit, as if he had prepared for any eventuality.
Stationed at Barksdale AFB La., Perrys was transferred by the Air Force to the Individual Ready Reserve - an ignominious end to what could have been a brilliant career.
He is charged with "burglary of an occupied dwelling, aggravated battery," and "criminal mischief." The third charge involved Perrys allegedly cutting the brake lines to Lister's automobile, parked outside her house in Port St. Joe, Fla.
If convicted on all counts, Perrys could spend the rest of his life behind bars.