Testimony: Murder Suspect Believes Victim Sexually Assaulted His Daughter

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Allegations of sexual assault came to surface during a bond reduction hearing for a suspect accused of shooting a man multiple times, killing him in the middle of an Abilene intersection.

A detective with the Abilene Police Department took the stand during the bond reduction hearing for Michael Gootee, 36, and said Gootee was looking for the murder victim, Donald Perkins, in June because Gootee believed Perkins had sexually assaulted his daughter.

Gootee’s lawyer, John Young, then asked this detective if he was aware of an ongoing sexual assault case. The detective said yes, he was aware of an ongoing sexual assault case. The question asked was open ended, and the detective did not provide any further clarification, so it’s unclear if this sexual assault case is connected to Gootee’s daughter, Perkins, or both.

KTAB and KRBC have reached out to the Abilene Police Department to get more information about this sexual assault case. Stick with BigCountryHomepage for the latest.

Gootee’s request for a bond reduction was denied during the hearing Wednesday morning. A second suspect connected to Perkins’ murder, Kimberley Mansell, 39, was also denied a bond reduction during her hearing that happened moments before Gootee’s.

Both Gootee and Mansell are charged with 1st Degree Murder, and both suspects will remain in the Taylor County Jail on a $250,000 bond each.

Perkins was found lying in the road deceased at the intersection of Marigold Street and Arnold Boulevard on June 26, 2016.

Testimony heard during the hearings on Wednesday revealed he was shot six times – twice in the thigh, twice in the back, once in the head, and once in the knee.

Court documents say, “witnesses reported that Michael Shawn Gootee had been searching bars inquiring into the whereabouts of Donald Ray Perkins”.

These witnesses also reported, “Gootee was claiming that when he found Perkins, he was going to kill him over a family dispute involving Gootee’s daughter,” according to the documents.

Kimberly Mansell provided more information about the murder during an interview with Abilene Police.

The documents claim Mansell waived her rights and told detectives, “she lured Perkins out to where he was shot by telling him she needed help with a flat tire.”

Mansell also reported watching, “while Gootee shot Perkins several times with a handgun,” according to the documents, which say another witness saw Gootee pull up to the scene  on a motorcycle and shoot Perkins.

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