Roommate arrested in slaying of comic book writer.


Authorities have not found all the remains of Stephen Perry, a comic book author best known as a writer for the 1980s Thundercats cartoon series.

His arm was found in May in a Tampa motel Dumpster. His torso turned up last month off a road in central Pasco's Angus Valley.

The grisly murder drew the efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies over more than 50 days, but detectives say a simple find at Perry's home led them to the killer:

Two bottles of bleach.

Perry's roommate, James William Davis, bought the 1-gallon bottles May 13 at the Zephyrhills Home Depot, according to court documents.

Investigators believe the bleach was "used to clean up the scene of the murder and conceal the crime scene," according to a search warrant obtained for Perry's house on Eighth Avenue. Police also got a warrant to obtain a DNA sample from Davis.

Davis, 45, was originally declared a "person of interest" in the case, and was arrested May 21 on unrelated drug charges.

On Wednesday, Zephyrhills police added a charge of first-degree murder.


By Vivian Yee, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Thursday, July 8, 2010