Domestic dispute cited, spouse arrested
Union Parish deputies responded to a call from 911 dispatch in the early morning hours Tuesday in reference to a shooting on Hwy 828 in Farmerville.
According to Sheriff Dusty Gates, when deputies arrived they discovered the victim, Kenneth Long of Farmerville, with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Union General Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
“The investigation revealed the victim and the suspect were engaged in a domestic dispute. The suspect obtained a weapon and subsequently shot the victim,” Gates said.
The investigation, which is ongoing, has led to Jennifer Perkins being charged with second degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Attorney for the accused, Shawn Alford, said in an interview Tuesday that her client is innocent. “Jennifer Perkins was a long-time victim of her husband’s domestic violence,” Alford said. “Her husband had actually been prosecuted for domestic violence toward her and other family members.” Alford had documents showing Long had a battery charge against Perkins’ minor child, who was 10 years old at the time in 2017.
“On the morning this happened, there was in existence not only a protective order issued by the third judicial district court, prohibiting him from having any contact with her, also prohibiting him of being within 100 yards of her residence. Additionally he was on probation for four years, with a special condition of his probation that he absolutely have no contact with Jennifer Perkins.”
Alford said Long entered the residence where Perkins and her children were at around 3 a.m. Tuesday, entering through a window. Alford said he had armed himself with a weapon from the home and informed Perkins that he was going to beat her again.
The probation Long was currently serving, was for felony aggravated second degree battery and misdemeanor false imprisonment of Perkins back in May of this year, according to court obtained documents. The documents show Long was accused of hitting Perkins with a tablet similar to an iPad while driving, chasing her and knocking her down once she had escaped, beating her with a phone cord and attempting to run over her with the vehicle.
Gates acknowledged the protective order and that Long had entered through a window. He also said witnesses said Long had been staying at the residence off and on and typically entered through the window because he had lost his key.
“Evidence at the scene shows there was a struggle at the home that morning prior to my client arming herself to defend herself,” Alford said.
Again, although charges have been established the investigation is ongoing.