Attorney says Perry 'looking forward' to court appearance

2012-04-22T11:30:00Z 2012-04-22T13:06:19Z Attorney says Perry 'looking forward' to court appearanceBy Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The attorney for former Arizona Wildcat basketball player Jesse Perry said today his client is looking forward to clearing his name after being charged with felony domestic violence.

Perry, 22, was released from Pima County Jail on Saturday morning after making an initial appearance via video conference in Pima County Justice Court. He was charged after police said a hospital notified them after an adult female suffered injuries as the result of an assault early Thursday morning.

Attorney Michael Harwin declined to comment in detail, other than to say the victim was not the mother of Perry’s child nor a UA student, and issued a statement to the Star.

“We should all remember that Jesse Perry is presumed innocent of this charge,” Harwin said. “To do otherwise would be to deny Jesse the fundamental presumption of innocence guaranteed to Jesse and all of us.

“A lot of you know Jesse as I do -- as an extraordinarily hard working, diligent young man who has never been in trouble in his life. Jesse Perry is not only an honored athlete but a fulltime student at the University of Arizona, a senior with a spotless record who is on track to graduate.

“Jesse has a deep commitment to the Tucson community and a deep sense of honor. Jesse immediately went to the police station when this happened. Jesse trusts that he will be treated fairly by the prosecuting office, the judicial system, and the university. Jesse Perry is presumed to be innocent and is looking forward to his day in the court so he can defend his good name.”

Perry is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Pima County Justice Court on May 11.

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