Gahanna police have learned Jeffrey Perry, 28, who was set to be extradited from California to Ohio later this year to face an aggravated murder charge, has died.
Perry had been charged in the fatal stabbing death of his mother, Lynda Perry, on Dec. 23, 2018, at her Chadwood Drive residence.
Gahanna police Chief Jeff Spence said he was notified of the death March 9 but did not know the date on which Perry died.
He said Perry was found deceased in his cell by prison employees while in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at the Wasco State Prison in Kern County (Bakersfield).
Spence said Perry's death was determined to be a suicide by self-asphyxiation.
His death is being investigated by the California Department of Corrections and the Kern County Coroner's Office.
Perry's family was notified of his death by California authorities and Gahanna detectives, Spence said.
Perry was serving a two-year sentence for the robbery of a Del Taco restaurant in Garden Grove, Orange County, California, according to Spence.
The robbery allegedly was committed during Perry's flight from Ohio following the alleged murder of his mother, who died at age 59, Spence said.
She was the widow of C.V. Perry Jr., heir of the C.V. Perry Co., a home-building company that closed in 2007.
Jeffrey Perry was set to be extradited from California later this year to face a multi-count murder indictment returned by a Franklin County grand jury March 1, 2019.
Spence said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Utah Highway Patrol, the Franklin County Coroner's Office and the Garden Grove, California, Police Department aided the department in investigating the death of Lynda Perry.