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Woman faces charges of murder, concealing body

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

A 30-year-old woman has been indicted by a grand jury on charges she murdered her live-in boyfriend, and dumped his body behind a trash bin.

The Clayton County grand jury passed down an indictment Wednesday charging Misty Simone Rowe with murder, aggravate assault, possession of a weapon, and attempting to conceal a body.

She allegedly stabbed John Perry, Jr., three or four times in the neck on July 7, 2007, after a domestic dispute. The 43-year-old man's body was discovered 11 days later, when the smell caused neighbors to complain. Following the odor, Clayton County police found Perry's body wrapped in a sheet, plastic garbage bags, and duct tape.

The couple had reportedly lived together for about three weeks before the alleged murder, in the back corner of an apartment complex at 8050 Tara Blvd. Neighbors reported the pair fought loudly and often.

Rowe allegedly confessed to the crime, saying she didn't mean to kill Perry when she stabbed him.

According to warrant applications filed by detectives, Rowe told police the fight started when Perry accused her of sleeping with other people. She said he pushed her into a wall, pulled a knife "from somewhere behind him," and stabbed her in the leg.

Rowe, a five-foot, seven-inch, 210-pound woman, said she then took the knife from her boyfriend and stabbed him in the neck.

Perry reportedly responded: "You stabbed me."

Rowe said she threw the words back at him, saying, "You stabbed me."

According to police, Rowe then took her two children, ages 6 and 15, away from the apartment, and returned to find Perry was dead in the bedroom.

She "realized he was dead and began to panic," according to documents filed with the court by Detective David Robinson.

Rowe allegedly dragged the man's body down a little hill in front of her apartment, across a driveway, and down into the heavily wooded area where it was found. According to Wednesday's indictment, Rowe "did conceal the death of another, to wit: John Perry, and did thereby hinder the discovery."

Rowe's next court date has not been set. She faces a possible sentence of life in prison.