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Woman charged in shooting death of Mississippi Boulevard pastor enters not guilty plea

By Updated: April 09, 2019 8:06 PM CT | Published: April 09, 2019 2:42 PM CT

Prominent local criminal defense attorney Leslie Ballin has taken on the case of an Arkansas woman accused in the fatal shooting of a Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church pastor, entering a not guilty plea on her behalf Tuesday.

<strong>Latoshia Daniels</strong>

Latoshia Daniels

Latoshia Daniels was not present for her initial appearance in Collierville Municipal Court. She is scheduled to return April 23, and Ballin said he hopes bond will be set at that time.

Daniels, 39, of Little Rock, is charged with first-degree murder, criminal attempt of first-degree murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

The charges stem from Thursday night's shooting of Brodes Perry, executive pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

<strong>Brodes Perry</strong>

Brodes Perry

The shooting occurred at the Meridian Park Apartments. Perry died early Friday at Regional One Hospital.

According to a Collierville police report released Monday, Daniels drove from Little Rock and showed up at the apartment of Perry and his wife, Tabatha Perry, with a loaded 9 mm Ruger in her jacket pocket along with extra ammunition.

Daniels yelled “you broke my heart” before fatally shooting Brodes Perry, 36, multiple times and wounding Tabatha Perry, 42, the records indicate.

Ballin said he and Erika Ruch were contacted by Daniels' family and signed on shortly before Tuesday's court appearance.

“We are very new to the case, as of just moments ago,”  he said after the hearing.

Ballin said he is serious about the not guilty plea.

“We mean it,” Ballin said. “There’s a lot to do for this family … In the end, we are at the very beginning.”

Added Ballin: “This family is not used to this kind of trouble.”.

He noted the case was similar to that of Mary Winkler, charged with killing her minister husband in West Tennessee. Ballin represented Winkler, who was convicted in 2007 of voluntary manslaughter.

“We are at the very infancy of this homicide charge,” Ballin said of Daniels' case.

As a Little Rock resident, Ballin said her residency could affect the bond since her ties to Shelby County are weaker than those of residents.

Before Perry was executive pastor at Mississippi Boulevard, where his ministries included couples, he was pastor of assimilation at St. Mark Baptist in Little Rock. In that role, he was responsible for assisting new members, according to his LinkedIn page.

Daniels is a clinical social worker who received her doctorate degree in social work last year from Walden University, an online school, according to social media. She is a certified anger management specialist. 

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Brodes Perry Collierville Homicides Crime
Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren is a lifelong resident of Shelby County and a May 2018 graduate of the University of Memphis.  She has worked for several local publications and has covered Germantown since May 2018.


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