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Woodward Lake Double Murderer Will Spend Rest of Life Behind Bars



Garry Perry, 26, of Fresno, received a life sentence without the possibility of parole on Thursday. (Shutterstock)
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Twenty-six-year-old Garry Perry received a life sentence without the possibility of parole on Thursday for murdering two men and trying to shoot another man in 2017 in Fresno’s upscale Woodward Lake area.

Garry Perry booking photo

Garry Perry received a life sentence for the 2017 double homicide. (Fresno PD)

Evidence presented at trial showed that Perry shot and killed Brennen Fairhead and Scott Gaffney in a drug deal that went sideways among friends in December of that year.

Perry also shot at Michael Rackley, who ran from the scene. During the trial, Rackley said that Gaffney was trailing him closely when bullets from Perry’s gun dropped Gaffney to the ground.

“Honestly, I think if Scott wasn’t running right behind me, I would’ve been shot,” Rackley said on the witness stand, according to ABC30’s trial account.

Fresno police arrested Perry the next door as he tried to enter Fairhead’s home.

A Fresno County jury needed just four hours last month to render a guilty verdict at Perry’s trial.

Fresno County chief deputy district attorney Deborah Miller prosecuted the case. She was assisted by Fresno PD homicide detectives and DA’s investigator Michelle Veneman.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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