COQUILLE, Ore. — A man who is charged with murder in the bludgeoning death of his uncle was in custody Wednesday in Coos County after being extradited from Washington state where he had been held since August.
Lucas Mark Perkins, 36, of Coos Bay, appeared in court but proceedings were pushed to next week. His public defenders, Ron Cox and Lori Schmidt, declined to comment Wednesday through a receptionist at Southwest Oregon Public Defender Services. Another court hearing is set for Monday.
Perkins is accused of bludgeoning his 64-year-old uncle in mid-August after a long bout of mental illness that caused him to believe his uncle was a clone, according to court records. The uncle, Richard Perkins, had called authorities repeatedly about his nephew’s erratic behavior, according to a search warrant affidavit.
He told a Coos County sheriff’s deputy in June that his nephew had been in a mental hospital and no one else in the family would live with him, so he offered to host him.
At the time, the uncle told the responding deputy that “Lucas will have to kill me before he gets any help,” Deputy Jonathan Boswell wrote in an affidavit.
Boswell discovered Richard Perkins’ body on Aug. 14 during a check at the home, he wrote. An autopsy later determined Richard Perkins had been dead at least 24 hours.
Bags of groceries purchased two days earlier, including perishable meat, were left on the counter and two blood-stained bricks and a blood-stained rock were found near the uncle’s body, according to an affidavit in support of an arrest warrant.
The left side of Richard Perkins’ face was “caved in” from the attack, Coos Bay District Attorney R. Paul Frasier wrote in the warrant.
Perkins was taken into custody on Aug. 17 after someone called 911 to report he was outside a movie theater north of Seattle.
At the time, authorities called him a person of interest, but he has since been charged with murder.