Red sneakers with evidence of blood in Fresno double homicide


The prosecution in the trial of a 26-year-old man charged with a 2017 double homicide in North Fresno presented its latest evidence in the case on Monday: blood on red sneakers.

Forensic experts have testified that these shoes allegedly worn by defendant Gary Perry contained traces of the blood of 21-year-old Brennen Julian Fairhead. Perry is also charged with killing 21-year-old Scott Alex Gaffney.

Gaffney and Fairhead were shot on December 14, 2017 in the Woodward Lake neighborhood. Their bodies were found by stunned neighbors who heard multiple gunshots and screams.

Law enforcement also found Perry’s fingerprints on the car believed to be linked to the murders.

Prosecutors say Perry, Gaffney, Fairhead and Michael Rackney got into a white Honda Accord that night to buy drugs from someone near Fresno State. The transaction would have gone off without a hitch. Returning northwest from Fresno did not.

As they pulled up to a side street to let Rackney out, Perry began firing a Glock handgun belonging to Fairhead. Multiple bullets struck and killed Fairhead and Gaffney, prosecutors say.

In an interview with police detectives, Perry said he shot Fairhead by accident. He then panicked and shot Gaffney because he saw the shooting.

Rackney testified last week that he was also shot by Perry, but was not hit.

In addition to finding Perry’s fingerprints on the car and Fairhead’s blood on the shoes, forensic experts from the California Department of Justice also found other evidence in the car.

DOJ criminologist Jessica Winn testified Monday that she found a bag of cocaine in the car with a plant substance that appeared to be marijuana. Winn also found two bullets and seven casings in various locations inside the car.

Winn tested the Glock handgun used in the murders and found that the rounds had been fired from it.

A search of Fairhead’s home revealed the Glock was registered to him, along with an AK-47 rifle.

Detectives also found the red sneakers Perry was wearing on the night of the murders. Perry had hidden them with his backpack at his cousin’s house.

Perry refused to testify during his three-day trial and his defense attorney Emily Takao did not call any witnesses to testify. Perry faces life without the possibility of parole, if convicted.

Closing statements are scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday in Department 50.

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A Valley native, Robert has worked at The Fresno Bee since 1994, covering a variety of topics including education, business and agriculture. It currently covers the courts.

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