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Sheriff: Johnson County homicide victim was targeted

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind– Johnson County sheriffs investigators believe a man killed in his Center Grove area home Friday morning was targeted by somebody he knew.

Fifty-year-old Andrew Perry was found by his mother, unresponsive on the floor of his home in the 2900 block of Cadogan Drive. Johnson County Coroner Craig Lutz determined the cause of death was “blunt force trauma to the head.”

Since the killing, some neighbors near the normally quiet Stone Village subdivision have been nervous about the violence. But Sheriff Doug Cox says investigators do not believe it was a random act.

“This was not a burglar who was out at 7 o’clock in the morning looking for a home to burglarize, we believe that he was targeted,” Cox said.

The first sign of trouble Friday morning came when Perry didn’t show up with his dog for an appointment at the nearby “U Dirty Dawg” grooming facility. Employees at “U Dirty Dawg” said Perry was a longtime client of theirs and it was unusual for him to miss an appointment. One of the groomers called Perry. When Perry didn’t answer the phone, they called Perry’s mother, who also lives nearby.

Perry’s mother arrived at the house on Cadogan Drive to find her son unresponsive in a pool of blood. The garage door was up and a door leading into the house from the garage was ajar.

Cox said there were no apparent signs of forced entry through the garage door, and it’s not clear if there were any signs of a struggle inside the house. Perry had been struck in the head with some kind of blunt object, but investigators were not disclosing what the weapon was.

Richard Duvall, who lives across the street on Cadogan Drive, says Perry’s garage door was closed and everything looked normal when he walked outside to get the newspaper at 6 a.m. Friday. But another neighbor told Duvall she saw the garage door up and an unfamiliar vehicle pulling out of Perry’s driveway when she walked out to get her newspaper at 7 a.m.

“I don’t know if it was an SUV, car or whatever, but she talked to the Sheriffs Department and informed them of that,” Duvall said.

Cox said he has all ten of his departments investigators conducting interviews and pursuing potential leads. Investigators have not met with significant resistance so far, he said. Cox also said Perry’s 19-year-old disabled son has been ruled out as a suspect in the crime.

“Hopefully in the near future, we’ll find out who’s responsible and we’ll find a place for them here in my facilities,” Cox said.