Credit: Macon County Sheriff’s Department

(UPDATE 01/09/17 9:09 a.m.)- The case against Ray A. Holt, 38, of Macon, Mo., for allegations of murder, will now be heard in the neighboring county. 

According to court records, on Friday, Holt requested a change of venue to Adair County to which the Judge agreed.  Holt is being charged with murder in the first-degree following the death of Ryon Perkins, 34, of Macon. 

Holt has plead not guilty and will appear for a trial setting hearing February 6, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. 



MACON, Mo. (Press Release)- On October 7, 2016, at approximately 2:42 a.m., officers of the Macon Police Department (MPD) and Macon County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) responded to the 200 block of South Rollins Street in Macon.  At the residence, officers located Ryon Perkins, 34, of Macon, deceased.

The crime scene was secured and processed by the investigators of the MPD and MCSO.  After the scene was processed, officers applied for & obtained a search warrant for an apartment in the 100 block of North Rubey Street.

At approximately 9:15am on October 7, 2016, officers from MPD, MCSO and Missouri State Highway Patrol executed the search warrant where two people were taken into custody.  Officers also processed the scene at this location for evidence of a crime.

That same morning Macon Police Officers began an investigation into the death of Ryon Perkins, which was ruled a homicide by Macon County Coroner Brian Hays.  Macon Police Officers with the assistance of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office conducted several interviews with witnesses and the suspect.  As a result of the investigation, an arrest was made.

The Macon County Prosecuting Attorney, Josh Meisner, charged Ray A Holt, 38, of Macon, with Murder in the 1st Degree with bond set at $1,000,000.00 cash only.  Police had taken a second person into custody along with the suspect during the investigation & was released yesterday evening.  Holt is in custody at the Macon County Jail.