From staff reports
A former Marshall County High School sports standout is a "person of interest" in the Penny Coyle murder investigation, Marshall County Sheriff Norman Dalton told the Tribune Thursday afternoon.
The sheriff declined to describe Jamie A. Perryman, 20, of Alton Street, Belfast, as a suspect. Perryman was assigned an attorney from the Public Defender's Office on Tuesday when he made his first appearance in General Sessions Court.
The sheriff said he'd been concerned for Perryman's safety during the days between Coyle's murder and his arrest. Dalton had issued a public appeal for help in bringing Perryman in, saying the man was "on the run."
Perryman was arrested Nov. 29 by Marshall County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Burgess, on warrants prepared by agents of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force.
The warrants allege that Perryman sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant (C.I.) on Sept. 28 and Oct. 21. On Oct. 25, according to the third warrant, Perryman sold $100-worth of what "he reported to be crack cocaine" to a C.I., leading to a charge of sale of a counterfeit substance.
Perryman's bond was set at $37,500, and he remains in the Marshall County Jail. In court Tuesday, he filled out an Affidavit of Indigency, reporting that he had no income or assets of any kind. Judge Lee Bussart Bowles assigned the Public Defender's Office to represent Perryman.
Perryman played Tiger football and basketball. He was a member of the MCHS team that went to the State Tournament in Murfreesboro in March 2010. Tribune sports stories reported that Perryman turned in a great performance - 12 points, eight rebounds, and three steals - in the team's first game, a nail-biting 61-60 overtime win.