GOLDEN, Colo. (Jul. 13, 2023) – today, a Jefferson County jury returned guilty verdicts in the trial of Ricardo Perez for the murder of eighty-one-year-old Gail Wilson of Lakewood in 2021. Co-defendants Jay Griffith and Savannah Wilson pled guilty last year.
On Nov. 1, 2021, Gail was reported missing by family members. At that time, Gail resided with his adopted daughter Wilson, her boyfriend, Perez, and another roommate, Griffith. The investigation by agents from the Lakewood Police Department revealed that Gail was killed on Oct. 31, 2021, and his body was disposed of in dumpsters across the metro area. Gail’s body was never found.
Just before noon today, Perez was convicted of the following:
Count 1: MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
Count 2: TAMPERING WITH A DECEASED HUMAN BODY
Count 3: ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE A PUBLIC SERVANT
Count 4: TAMPERING WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE
Perez faces life in prison and will be sentenced tomorrow, Jul. 14, 2023, at 9 am.
On May 27, 2022, Griffith pled guilty to Accessory to a Crime (F4) and Concealing Death (M1) and is set for sentencing on Jul. 20, 2023, at 1:15 pm.
On Nov. 3, 2022, Wilson pled guilty to Accessory to a Crime (F5) and Concealing Death (M1) and is set for sentencing on Jul. 20, 2023, at 3 pm.