Teen Faces Double Murder Charge

A Lawrence County man has been arrested and charged for the Labor Day murder of a pregnant teen and her unborn child.


Colton Daniel Perryman, 18, of Leoma was taken into custody Sept. 5 by Pulaski Police Department officers and is charged with the second-degree murders of his 16-year-old girlfriend, Samantha Carter, and her unborn baby as well as tampering with evidence.


According to Criminal Investigations Division Lt. Joey Turner, the investigation and arrest came after PPD officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of shots fired at a local hotel just after 7 p.m., Sept. 4.


According to PPD, the victim was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where her baby was born via emergency C-section, but was unable to sustain life. Overnight, the mother succumbed to her injuries.


According to 22nd Judicial District Attorney General Brent Cooper, his office will have to prove not only probable cause but also the viability of life for the child.


“The young lady was 22 weeks pregnant, so the state will have to prove the fetus’ viability to life,” Cooper said. “I don’t believe we will have any issue proving viability. The charges warranted are very valid. Someone killing a pregnant woman deserves whatever charges and punishment come.”


Perryman is currently being held in the Giles County Jail on $450,000 bond. He is to appear in court Sept. 28.


During the course of PPD’s investigation, Perryman’s mother, Karla McDonald, 46, of Leoma was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence.


McDonald was released from the Giles County Jail on $500 bond and was to have appeared in court yesterday (Tuesday).


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