For the second time in less than a year, a high-profile murder in Georgia’s Lake Country will be featured on CBS’ hit TV crime show, 48 Hours.
The case involved a former first-year road patrol officer with the Eatonton Police Department who was convicted of murdering his wife on February 3, 2020, at a family business home in Putnam County’s Oconee Lake. A certain Michael Seth Perot is involved.
This hour-long show airs Saturday nights on CBS television affiliates.
Perot was tried for murdering his wife in February 2022 and was found guilty of felony murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and simple assault.
The first case within the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit to be featured on the CBS program involved Marcus Lillard, who was accused of choking his girlfriend to death in the hot tub of his Baldwin County residence. The victim was Professor Marianne Shockley of the University of Georgia.
A jury at Baldwin County Superior Court in Milledgeville found Lillard not guilty of all charges.
Since Perrault’s conviction, he has sought a new trial, but his petition was denied last summer by Ocmulge Judicial Circuit Superior Court Chief Brenda H. Trammell.
She presided over his murder trial and sentenced him to life in prison after a 12-man jury found him guilty on all counts in Putnam County Superior Court in Eatonton.
The couple’s marital issues were the focus of testimony at the trial.
These issues led to Perrault’s arrest on domestic violence charges less than a week after his wife died. Perrault said his wife committed suicide. The shooting took place in the master bedroom shared by the couple.
After the shooting, Perot called former Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence and told him what happened instead of calling 911.
Okmulgee Judicial Circuit Attorney T. Wright Barksdale III and Putnam County Sheriff Howard R. Sills are scheduled to appear on Saturday’s 48 Hours episode, both of which were interviewed by television correspondents covering the Perot case. .
Perrault pleads not guilty. During his trial, defense attorneys claimed that Amanda Perrault died by suicide.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation coroner testified that Amanda’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the cause of death was suicide.
Juries differed based on the evidence presented by the prosecution.
Perot remains in a small cell at the Georgia Diagnostic Prison near Jackson.