Man arrested for murder after claiming death as suicide

Man arrested for homicide after claiming death as suicide
Man arrested for homicide after claiming death as suicide(SCSO)
Published: Jul. 12, 2022 at 3:21 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis police arrested Ladarius Bonds for the murder of Joshua Perry.

Memphis police responded to a shooting at the Economy Hotel on Saturday, April 2, 2022.

Officers saw Joshua Perry in the stairwell with a gunshot wound to his head. He died four days later.

Perry’s mother told police that moments before the shooting, she told her son and Ladarius Bonds, 19, to go downstairs to get groceries.

Less than a minute later Bonds returned to her room and said Perry shot himself, Perry’s mother told police.

Bonds argued Perry committed suicide, but police say there is evidence against that.

Shelby Co. medical examiner ruled his death a homicide due to the location of the gunshot wound proving it was not self-inflicted.

Police later learned that Perry and Bonds got into a heated argument the morning of the shooting.

The mother identified the Bonds in a suspect lineup.

Bonds was arrested Tuesday for first-degree murder.

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