Facing murder charge, Shayne Michael Perry found guilty of earlier assault

By on September 9, 2022

Shayne Michael Perry.

Shayne Michael Perry, the man charged with the Aug. 14, 2022, murder of William Jeffrey Bowlin, was found guilty on Sept. 8 in Dare District Court of a January 2022 assault against Bowlin’s daughter Olivia.

According to case documents, Perry, 30 struck Olivia Bowlin above her left eye, causing that area to swell, during the Jan. 21 incident. He pleaded not guilty in the case that was presided over by District Judge Robert Trivette and was sentenced to 60 days, according to the Dare County Clerk of Court’s office. Perry was represented in the assault case by Dare County Public Defender Christan Routten, who was not available for comment.

Payne now faces an Oct. 27 court date on the second-degree murder charge in the William Jeffrey Bowlin case. Bowlin, a highly regarded local contractor, was shot while “protecting a member of his family,” according to his obituary.

According to information released by the Dare County Sheriff’s Office at the time of the shooting, sheriff’s deputies responded to a report at 3040 Martins Point Drive in Kitty Hawk and found Bowlin, 60, with a gunshot wound to the chest. Dare County EMS transported the victim to Outer Banks Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The report said that Perry was located and taken into custody without incident.





  • John

    I heard from a reliable source that while Perry was arrested for Bowlin’s murder, he was later released and his gun was returned to him. What happens to him when he finishes his jail time for assault? Does get released pending the outcome of his murder trial?

    Friday, Sep 9 @ 2:39 pm
  • Richard Patterson

    Why did the Dare County sheriff’s
    Office give Perry’s gun back to him before he was tried? The same
    Gun later used to kill Bowlin?

    Friday, Sep 9 @ 3:30 pm
  • Paul

    Was the Assault a misdemeanor or a felony felons can’t have firearms. Is he in jail awaiting trial… he should be. But why would you give the guy a gun

    Friday, Sep 9 @ 7:11 pm
  • Martha

    The judge needs to be very strict with this dangerous person! He cannot be allowed to have a firearm on his hands.

    Saturday, Sep 10 @ 12:13 am
  • Mark A Williamson

    I’m pretty sure you don’t get the MURDER WEAPON back, before trial, it’s EVIDENCE!!! This kid is all class, let me tell ya!!!

    Saturday, Sep 10 @ 4:04 am
  • P Nash

    SAD SAD SAD…first of all a guy only gets 60 days for assault …where is the justice for her in that?? and gets let loose to do it again and then they wonder why women stay in abusive relationships…!!! Because the Justice system does not care!..I’ve been there I know!

    Sunday, Sep 11 @ 8:06 pm
  • JD

    They’re gonna eat this dude alive when he gets to real jail!

    Tuesday, Sep 13 @ 12:31 am
  • Johnny B. Good

    He should have never got out on bond! Does anyone know why he did?

    Tuesday, Sep 13 @ 10:00 pm